From the 14th October 2010 until 8th January 2011 The Design Museum Holon will be holding a ground-breaking exhibition with a fashionology theme.
The show, entitled Mechanical Couture, will display the works of famous designers from all over the globe including ISSAY MIYAKE creative director Dai Fujiwara in collaboration with Dyson, British designer Shelley Fox and shoe designer Marloes ten Bhömer.
This exhibition explores how machines are redefining haute couture, an area of fashion synonymous with quality and hand craftsmanship.
Although mechanics and fashion put together usually conjure up images of factories and mass-produced garments that look exactly same, in this exhibition these designers are looking at how machines can help deliver very uniquely crafted garments as well.
For more information about the exhibition and the designers involved visit the Design Museum Holon website.
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Are you too short to reach those beautiful dresses hanging on the top rail in clothes shops? Do you want to appear taller without having to wear heels all the time? Or maybe you are tired of craning your neck to kiss your dashingly tall boyfriend?
Well now, throw that Yellow Pages in the bin, there is a solution!
SHORT++ are interactive robotic shoes that can literally elevate you to new heights! These innovative shoes, created by Adi Marom, are controlled by an iPhone app, so with the touch of a button you can be a few inches taller! To view her videos just click the image below.
They may not be the most beautiful creations, but they are a start!
My last blog post talked about 3D printing and this is going to big, you heard it here first! Students at two of Stockholm’s most prestigious design schools have collaborated to produce the first, fully-wearable 3D printed shoes.
Naim Josefi of Beckmans and Souzan Youssouf of Konstfack, both designed and modelled the prototypes for Naim’s “Melonia” collection, shown during Stockholm Fashion Show earlier this year.
The concept is brilliant – creating artful shoes using Selective Laser Sintering.
For more information visit Naim’s homepage.
Ok this may seem like a strange idea to some, but for all you beach bums and surfers out there, this is a really cool piece of Fashionology!
Teva, a sport sandal and shoe manufacturer has come up with the illūm sandal which provides a “glow from below”. What they mean by that precarious phrase is that the sandal has a small waterproof LED torch set into the toe-post to aid those who like to hit the waves at the crack of dawn. It literally lights up the ground in front of you so you can see where you are walking!
Can’t say I spend much time on a board, “cutting-back”, seeing as my nearest stretch of water is the murky Thames. However, this is a bitchin’ idea for anyone who spends the early hours of their morning try to see their way to water front.
Getting to that surf spot can be quite difficult when it’s dark, I mean its hard enough work to walk across sand in the light, let alone dodge pot-holes and large rocks in the dark of dawn.
The illūm sandal is the perfect solution. The top sole is made from comfortable and soft leather, or a cheaper synthetic material if you’d prefer, and the outsole from rubber and the LED light is waterproof and detachable.
They cost just $60, (around £40) and you can buy them from the 11th May on the Teva website.
There is a new fashionology craze circulating the footwear sector lately – light up shoes. Do you remember those oh-so-cool trainers you begged your parents to buy you when you were younger, the ones that lit up when you jumped? Well now some of the biggest names in fashion are having a go.
First it was Chanel; Lagerfeld obviously had a “light bulb moment” and decided to use that as inspiration for his S/S 2010 footwear line. The sequined goat sandals with a functioning bulb heel will have you lighting up the pavement like MJ in his Billie Jean music video.
Image via Chanel
Next are Rodarte’s Illuminated Heels designed by Nicholas Kirkwood, a London based shoe designer, for the labels A/W collection, 2010/2011. These gorgeous multi-textured stilettos, shown at New York Fashion Week, are fitted with small LED lights that glow through the dripped-wax effect heel.
Images via designboom
Last, but by no means least, is one of the footwear titans, Jimmy Choo. These black patent-leather and suede, open-toe Zappa sandals have a five inch high neon-yellow heel and a one inch neon-pink platform which lights up. It is powered by a non-chargeable battery imbedded in the shoe, which lasts for approximately 100 hours of continuous use.
Image via Net-a-porter
Talk about being light on your feet!