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Fashion Faculty showcases at Dutch Design Week

School of Fashion Assistant Professor, Danielle Martin, showcased her tactileDress at Northern Europe’s largest and most prestigious design event
November 05, 2019

TORONTO, November 5, 2019 -- This month, the creative work of Danielle Martin, Assistant Professor at the School of Fashion, was showcased at Northern Europe’s largest and most prestigious design event, Dutch Design Week (DDW) in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Martin’s handcrafted dress, called the tactileDress, was inspired by her research exploring the intersection of art, 3D printing technology and fashion; The design aims to emphasize the significance of handwork in the creative processes of making a dress.

Dutch Design Week presents innovative work and concepts from more than 2,600 top tier designers worldwide, attracting over 355,000 local and international visitors. The featured designers are selected based on criteria concerning the level of innovation, collaboration, and experimental thought in the creation of the submitted piece. 

Martin’s tactileDress combines five layers of silk organza in an array of skin tones and features a pale blue, 3D-printed hand emerging from in between silk layers, on the garment’s left mid-region. The draped dress, inspired by love and the memory of a gesture, was designed in the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands where Martin collaborated with researchers Zjenja Doubrovski and Dolores Hilhorst.

A photograph of the tactileDress. Martin’s tactileDress combines five layers of silk organza in an array of skin tones and features a pale blue, 3D-printed hand emerging from in between silk layers, on the garment’s left mid-region

Danielle Martin (left) stands with researchers from TU Delft, Zjenja Doubrovski (middle) and Dolores Hilhorst (right)

Martin combines handcrafted garment traditions and digital manufacturing

'Re-design the world' - Fashion at FCAD brand graphic

A close up of the pale blue, 3D-printed hand emerging from in between silk layers

Source: Danielle's Instagram page (@_danielle_martin_)

 

The project aims to investigate and improve the comfort of 3D printed materials. Martin combines handcrafted garment traditions and digital manufacturing in an effort to explore potential methods to curb overproduction in the fashion industry.

“This dress draws on the idea that 3D printing technologies can enable on-demand preparation of a garment, in contrast to the wasteful process of producing speculative amounts of clothing,” said Danielle Martin.

Martin’s exploration of 3D printed materials is an example of ways FCAD, and its respective schools, continue to emerge as thought leaders in the twenty-first century’s creative industries; The School of Fashion, dedicated to ‘redesign the world’, is changing the face of fashion with boundary-pushing innovation. 

Martin focuses on themes of complex emotions and sustainable fashion in both her research and in her classroom. “I encourage my students to develop novel yet realistic approaches for current critical problems,” said Martin. “I encourage them to recognize new possibilities and limits emerging in the field of fashion, and to create with a vision of impact -- with a vision for the future.”

For more information on Danielle Martin, visit: www.daniellemartin.com, external link, opens in new window and www.ryerson.ca/fashion/about/full-time faculty/danielle-martin, opens in new window.

 

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Fashion at FCAD

Fashion in the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) at Ryerson University is Canada’s leading university fashion program. Fashion aims to transform the fashion industry by centering inclusive, decolonized and sustainable approaches through teaching, research and creative activities as well as, industry and community partnerships. They prepare students for the future by equipping aspiring fashion creatives to RE-DESIGN THE WORLD. Fashion is a part of the FCAD ecosystem that consists of nine leading schools in creative fields; this interdisciplinary community allows Fashion to connect with other cultural producers and industries for courses, research, student exchanges, projects, and collaborations.

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