Gallery: Iris van Herpen Debuts World’s First 3D-Printed Flexible Dresses

It wasn't just metaphorical electricity that coursed through the air at Iris van Herpen's show at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week on Monday. The Dutch designer's 11-piece collection, dubbed "Voltage," featured a living statue stationed on the runway like a weather-controlling Galatea, purple lightning crackling from her hands and head. The clothes proved just as rousing. Inspired by a "childhood dream, a desire to understand control and recreate lightning," van Herpen trotted out a series of unearthly frocks that shuddered and breathed like they had lives of their own, as well. Among them were what van Herpen deemed the "first 3D-printed flexible dresses": a dramatic skirt and cape created in collaboration with MIT Media Lab's Neri Oxman, and an intricate dress developed in conjunction with Austrian architect Julia Koerner.

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