moritz waldemeyer + philip treacy: electronic haute couture
 
moritz waldemeyer + philip treacy: electronic haute couture
sep 25, 2012

moritz waldemeyer + philip treacy: electronic haute couture

moritz waldemeyer collaborates with milliner philip treacy for london fashion week image courtesy moritz waldemeyer

german-born designer moritz waldemeyer has teamed with british milliner philip treacy for london fashion week. the merging of technology and fashion has seen a variety of ambitious head ware pieces gracing the catwalk – the collaboration honoring the master hat designer’s return to the british capital after 12 years for the most hotly anticipated in vogue event. waldemeyer created two pieces for the show – a full body garment and an illuminated head piece – both informed by the concept of weightlessness as part of the brief for the exhibit. the head piece is characterized by a seamless band of light sweeping around the head with no palpable physical connection to the wearer at all. this effect was realized due to a strategically positioned and custom designed wearable propeller  – each blade glowing with LEDs. this means that when the device is in motion the propellers themselves vanish to only leave behind a suspended glowing halo.

the second composition – the illuminated attire – was achieved through a diligently sculpted mesh of 6000 LEDs. the bulbs were integrated into a network of threads that were soaked in resin, which when dry became stiff allowing the design to be complex, but also very delicate. when the lights shine out into the audience the structure itself becomes invisible – the model appears swathed in a buoyant cloak of light.

waldemeyer says of the work:

‘philip presented us with an unusual challenge, it was a visionary idea that was difficult to achieve using conventional techniques in millinery…it has long been my aim for the technology to disappear, to dissolve it into the surface of the work, so that the light effects themselves become the focus.’

moritz waldemeyer + philip treacy: electronic haute couture the head piece is characterized by a seamless band of light sweeping around the head image courtesy moritz waldemeyer

moritz waldemeyer + philip treacy: electronic haute couture the halo effect was realized due to a strategically positioned and custom designed wearable propeller image courtesy moritz waldemeyer

moritz waldemeyer + philip treacy: electronic haute couture each blade was equipped with LED lights image courtesy moritz waldemeyer

moritz waldemeyer + philip treacy: electronic haute couture on the catwalk image © chris moore

moritz waldemeyer + philip treacy: electronic haute couture the head piece inactive image courtesy moritz waldemeyer

moritz waldemeyer + philip treacy: electronic haute couture waldemeyer’s designs were amongst a variety of haute couture creations image courtesy moritz waldemeyer

moritz waldemeyer + philip treacy: electronic haute couture image courtesy moritz waldemeyer

moritz waldemeyer + philip treacy: electronic haute couture image courtesy moritz waldemeyer

moritz waldemeyer + philip treacy: electronic haute couture image courtesy moritz waldemeyer

moritz waldemeyer + philip treacy: electronic haute couture image courtesy moritz waldemeyer

moritz waldemeyer + philip treacy: electronic haute couture image courtesy moritz waldemeyer

moritz waldemeyer + philip treacy: electronic haute couture the full body garment made up of 6000 LED bulbs images courtesy moritz waldemeyer

moritz waldemeyer + philip treacy: electronic haute couture detail of head ware electronic components image courtesy moritz waldemeyer

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