| April 26, 2016 | Culture
Haute couture and technology hook up at the Museum of Fine Arts.
Wearable art: One exhibit highlight is the Anthazoa 3-D Cape and Skirt, from Iris van Herpen’s 2013 “Voltage” Collection and designed by van Herpen and Israeli architect Neri Oxman. The piece was 3-Dprinted by Stratasys Group in polyurethane rubber and acrylic and features steel architecture and cotton twill and silk satin lining.
You think your highfalutin Apple Watch is high-tech? Try a dress that displays live tweets. Yes, you read that right.
Featuring technology-driven fashion designs from some 30 artists and design houses, including Issey Miyake and Alexander McQueen, the Museum of Fine Arts’ “#techstyle” exhibit presents a fascinating look at the digital era’s influence on how we dress. Complemented with film and photography, the fashion pieces, which include digitally printed and 3-D-printed dresses, explore the new ways in which designers are designing—and wearers are interacting with—clothing.
The exhibit is divided into two sections, Production and Performance. The former explores new technologies influencing design and fashion, such as 3-D printing and laser cutting. Curator Pamela Parmal, the chair of MFA’s David and Roberta Logie Department of Textile and Fashion Arts, highlights the Anthazoa cape and skirt, from Iris Van Herpen’s 2013 “Voltage” Spring collection, as one of the Production sector’s standout pieces. (“It was one of the first 3-D-printed dresses to walk down a Paris runway.”) The Performance section highlights clothing that, electronically, moves or operates independently from its wearers, exemplified in “#techstyle” by pieces such as leather capes that change their colors in response to light, heat, and wind.
A particular show-stopper? Designer prosthetic legs. “A show like this considers the way our digital age is changing the public’s interaction with fashion,” says Parmal. “And it is inspiring the fashion industry to design with innovative technology.” Through July 10 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., 617-267-9300
MuseuM purchase with funds donated by the fashion council, MuseuM of fine arts, boston. M. Zoeter x iris van herpen © photography by ronald stoops, courtesy of MuseuM of fine arts, boston