Dutch Design Week 2013 explored the cutting edge of fashion, synthetic biology and 3D printing, with enough of the manmade in the mix to keep the looks from feeling too alien. "We tried to make it about technology and innovation, as well as handcraft," explains curator Ellen Albers of the Eindhoven shop You Are Here. They collaborated with the local Glamcult Studio on the Modebelofte 2013 Future Fashions exhibition highlighting young design talent that has worked with technologists, created experimental new materials or recycled old ones in surprising ways.
Like the piece above from the architecture-inspired "Object 12-1" collection by Majita Cop, a graduate student of Fashion Design at the Faculty of Textile Design of the University in Zagreb. The main theme of his work is "the question of identity." Question identity as it might, it immediately made me think of fashion history during the Renaissance, from the shoulder "wings" to the hip-enhancing tunic to the soft beret. Not surprisingly, the chiseled stone of the Šibenik cathedral which inspired this collection is quite old, dating from the year 153.
When designers look to the past, it always brings the chopine to mind for me. While the inspiration isn't as old as Cop's stone church, it's arguably far more colorful! In fact, chopines got so stilt-like by the 17th century that traveler John Evelyn noted in his diary of 1666 the shoes left women "half flesh, half wood." Even Shakespeare weighed in via Hamlet: "By'r lady, your ladyship is nearer to heaven than when I saw you last, by the altitude of a chopine."
- Lesley Scott