TU Delft library is hosting a Museum of the Image (MOTI) exhibition showcasing designers’ interpretations of technology’s influence on textile use and how fashion can express the identity of the wearer.
In their third collaboration, TU Delft and MOTI bring students ‘Te[ch]x(t)iles’, the result of ten designers’ journeys of experimentation with new techniques for textile development. The exhibition showcases how the boundaries of what is considered clothing broaden as technology develops. Items range from using technology to create fashion that conveys an individual’s personal identifiers, to using new techniques for recycling to turn furniture into wearable items.
Library Curator Marion Vredeling says she hopes that this exhibition will provide students with a welcome distraction and broaden what they are exposed to during their studies. “Students don’t always have time to take a day to visit a museum, so we take great pride in being able to bring art to the students,” says Vredeling.
The exhibition gives TU Delft students an opportunity to not only view works by newly graduated fashion students but also more well-known and globally acclaimed designers. Considered by some as among the world’s most innovative young designers, Antoine Peters, designer of ‘the Lenticular Dress’, says he decided to take part in the exhibition because “it wasn’t about submitting a design, but about a process in which the result was left totally open. At first instance it was all about research and process, without knowing what it would lead to.” Inspired by lenticular printing, Peters investigated the possibility of applying the technique to textile; the result was a ‘multiple pattern’ dress. “Since the development of a thin lens is a long process, I took an intermediate step” says Peters “instead of reducing this lenticular technique I actually enlarged it and converted this into a traditional textile adaptation: pleats.”
Designer Iris Nijenhuis who graduated from Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI) in 2011 created a design using a technique she believes gives people the opportunity to “create an endless succession of new garments and accessories.” Nijenhuis disassembled a chesterfield chair, using a laser cutter to create very thin layers from the worn leather which were then combined to form new shapes and embellishments, ultimately creating a dress. Her design is entitled ‘ISIS’ to signify that the recycled material “IS a scarf, IS a scarf, IS a cloak.”
Jeske Jacobs, Project Leader Exhibition for MOTI says she enjoys working with organisations such as TU Delft because it allows them to reach a large and diverse group. “It took nine months to collect the designs in this exhibition therefore we want to share it with as many people as we can. This particular exhibition fitted very well into TU Delft so for us it was an obvious place to include on the exhibition’s travelling schedule.”
The designs are on display from September 25 - November 09 2014 in the foyer of the TU Delft Library.