Iris Van Herpen hailed as an up and coming young McQueen and renowned for her Escapist Couture has offered a fantasy collection utilizing the amazing new technology of MGX rapid prototyping/digital printing for her AW2011 collection and while awe inspiring to some, here at Neodandi we have to ask, what on earth would you do with this and what has escapism ever brought for anyone other than a delayed onset of consequence? Can you wear it and not look and feel like a creature from a time in a radioactive future? Can you view it without feeling like you are being whisked away to an alien planet? Not that any of these things are bad or undesirable, but the very nature in the direction of the design is frivolous and self serving only and do you really escape the perils of our modern world? There is a way to access things unseen before without leaving the realm we have not exhausted yet. There is so much we do not know about the inner workings of ourselves which would lead us to the very heart of true design offering the individual intellect and strength, not making things to simply make them, or supplying product just to supply it, clogging up the environment both spiritual and material, with unnecessary waste and clutter. We have been so unforgivably trivial with our production since the industrial age, creating gross excess and faux accessibility leading us to “…know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray.
What will become of these delicate exoskeletons? Hung in a museum as a fading triumph of passing technology? Found their way to a land fill where shoeless children are picking at them looking for sellable material? What becomes of these things produced for nothing but show, and who is concerned with where they will be ten years, or even months from now? This all should be taken into account in the design process and when an artist sits down to design a work should always ask, what is the spiritual value of this that I am bringing into the world? We are no longer so falsely privileged to create for the sake of creating.
We must create with meaningful purpose and allow for a light to shine as a beacon directing us forward to a remarkable future full of exceptional heights. It is always a pleasure to see fashion designers working with the latest technology available, but let us put some conscientious effort behind the design to have not only form augmentation, but spiritual and personal augmentation as well.