TITLE: Digital Fashion
STUDENTS: BA (Hons) Architecture, BA (Hons) Fashion Design
PROJECT TYPE: Design Exploration
This elective saw architecture students experimenting with their skills applied to a different scale of output and creative process. Students worked with BA (Hons) Fashion Design on their options module working with a cohort that have selected an ‘abstract’ option to generating fashion garments using a wide range of unconventional materials and fabrication techniques.
Three collaborative workshops between architecture and fashion students were be organised in the first term, opening up the design process undertaken by fashion industry including automatic collages and distorted drawing. In turn, the architecture workshop introduced some of the digital workshop process (laser cutting, 3D printing etc) to the undergraduate fashion students.
The role of the workshops were to break some of the preconceptions of the respective disciplines and learn new design process which were highly experimental and open-ended.
Students then formed informal collaborative groups: some assisted the fashion student’s assignments, other fashion students helped architecture students experiment with fashion technology. Others used the skills picked up in the workshop to explore their own ideas for fashion garments – incorporating digital equipment such as 3D printing, laser cutting and etching. Architecture informed ideas of structure and tectonics, whilst fashion dictated trends, styling, and finishing.
The works heavily references examples such as Future Systems, Greg Lynn Studio, Hussein Chalayan and Iris van Herpen to explore the relationship between corporeal form and surface, influencing designs that are dynamic and adaptive.