Technology, at first thought, seems like a topic that has little importance in fashion. When it comes to producing clothes, but also when it comes to pushing clothes into a technical helping system. Only small companies seem to have the guts to try out laser cutting or 3D printing. Events like the MET Gala 2016 in New York or Designers like Iris van Herpen and Sabine Seymore with her label "moondial" help the fashion world to evolve. The fashion industry is changing, and a little while ago the university for arts and design in Linz shows us how exactly its changing. This university recently opened up a new education facility which is called "Fashion and Technology".
The technological aspect was what we wanted to emphasize with this project. We wanted to design something which doesnt have a gender label and the idea evolved into our brain to make a dress for woman that also can be used as a jacket - for men. We already knew that the Ars Electronica Center, which is an arts museum in Linz, is in posession of a laser cutter. Having this in the back of our minds, we designed patterns and transformed them into the cut of a dress. Paper, for us, seemed like an interesting new material to work with and so we decided to work and experiment with it. The AEC let us use their laser cutter so we could produce our very first prototype. After that, we used the laser cutter of the Creative Arts Center, also located in Linz, and with that, it was produced in the real size. With our photos underneath, you can see the final result.
A special thanks goes the the AEC for letting us use the laser cutter. Also, we want to give a shoutout to our very professional photographer Alex Pichler and the young model Aleksandra Vujic.