Dutch designers Iris van Herpen and Jólan van der Wiel collaborated to grow these dresses with magnets. To do this they manipulated a material made from iron filings mixed into resin.
“The technique still uses magnetism but with a new material that’s much more flexible and tactile, like a hairy skin that’s soft to touch,” van der Wiel told Dezeen. “The material moves with the body much better than what we’ve used previously.”
“The original idea was to have a dress growing live during the show through magnetism… so people could see the birth of the dress, how the dress would grow,” van Herpen said, though this proved too complex and potentially unsafe for the models.