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Iris van Herpen is the undisputed queen of the exhibit (and the final word in nearly every section about how badass technology can be). Just check out this 3D-printed video — it takes one sculptor weeks to draw a bodice and an entire week to print it out.
The white wings flocking this golden column dress by Hussein Chalayan turn into flying moth rockets when triggered by a remote.
That dress at 1:16? It's a simple cotton minidress that's coated with a thick rubber and metal powder mixture that Iris van Herpen manipulated with magnets to coax out spikes and peaks before the mixture hardened.
This whole documentary is amazing, but check out the pleating process at 24:15. You'll see how Issey Miyake's famous Pleats Please crinkles are created.
Here's the Chanel finale wedding dress that inspired the whole exhibit. Karl Lagerfeld was quoted as describing this look as “haute couture without the couture.” While there is plenty of handiwork that went into the dress (from the hand-embroidered buttons to the hand-moulded shape), the dress is machine sewn and the print on it is actually a digital manipulation of Lagerfeld’s sketches.