Hussein Chalayan recently debuted two couture gowns that melt away when doused with water. While fashion designers are constantly pushing the boundaries of style, few are doing so by using new technology. Chalayan’s high-tech dresses demonstrate how clothing can be enhanced with smart textiles.
As part of his Spring/Summer 2016 collection, Chalayan debuted two unique couture gowns. Upon first glance, the dresses resemble well-tailored lab coats. However, the addition of water melts away the waxy exterior and reveals the stunning dresses beneath. The jaw-dropping display is not only visually engaging, but it is also symbolic. The melting of the outer layer acts as a commentary on how disposable fashion has become.
While the garments may not be practical pieces, the experimental dresses demonstrate how some designers are using technology to change our perception of high fashion.