This formal gown is made of figured Maple veneer. Clad with 1380 lacquered wood scales supported by a veneer harness sewn onto fabric, it allows ample movement and flow for a full range of motion. It is flexible enough to sit in, is comfortable, and shows the flashy wood grain, as the dress moves. (see video) it is a unique project, exceeding our expectations as a functional and wearable piece of clothing.
This gown is the second wood fashion design of a planned series of wooden dresses, the first being the ‘Bustier de Bois’ (shown below in this post)
The ‘Bustier de Bois’
This idea of wooden wearables was conceived many years ago around a dinner table with several woodworkers, engineers, artists and creative designers, attempting to envision new ways to express art through their particular trades. I knew this idea had potential, and so began the research into the styles and materials that dictate this confusing world of fashion, what looks and feels good, building different prototypes, and learning more about wood by pushing the limits, yet again. There are few examples of wood being used in fashion since 1929, and has been seldom explored in the world of wearable wood. Click here for more pics and info