Dutch designer Iris van Herpen, endlessly innovative and inspiring, just debuted her Spring 2018 Couture collection entitled “Ludi Naturae,” and now we all want to clothe ourselves in finned, leafy, scaled, and flowing dresses, gowns, and jumpsuits that look like living biotech sculptures from a futuristic utopian fever dream.
‘Ludi’ is the plural form of the Latin term ‘ludus,’ which means “game, sport” or “play,” while ‘naturae’ identifies the source of van Herpen’s inspiration. Using 3D printing technology and other cutting-edge materials and fabrication methods, van Herpen is created fabrics that replicate natural forms, from actual shapes to movement, in wildly creative ways.
“Don’t forget how engineered nature is, itself,” Van Herpen counters. “I think we as humans don’t even come close to the intelligence within nature. It’s funny how people think that nature is simple and technology is complex—it’s the opposite; technology is simple and nature is complex.”
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