The above pieces seemed like Alaïa's more day-to-day pieces (as far as you can call haute couture that). We both loved the grey strapless dress. I was inspired by the beautiful clean lines and simplicity of the white dress.
Alaïa is know for his individuality and independance from mainstream fashion. I believe this is demonstrated by the left picture, which belonged to his summer of 2010 collection. It was very interesting to see how specific collections had different themes and coherence in their pieces. He's known for still sewing his own garments, the info board said. And it was reassuring to see a crooked stitch here and there. Even a grand couturier is only human. (OK I admit, that was only on the leather pieces which can't be unpicked. But still!)
This last dress seems like a classic great couturier piece to me. We found it particularly interesting because the bodice was construced out of one piece. It only had a zipper in the back and two ~10 cm seams at the side, under the arms.
Iris van Herpen is a Dutch designer whose work is very conceptual. Although these are not what I'd call clothes, they are still wearable. It's like she makes art that is shaped around and designed to be shown on the human body. She uses a lot of unconventional material, like the hard plastic dress that mimics a splash of water. The dress on the right is also made of plastic strips, but shaped in a way that is almost organic.
This was one of my favourites. Van Herpen used a 3D printer to 'make' this, and I think this is why it is sort of puzzeling. It seems like a very compliated and labour-intensive garment but yet no human hands could make this. In case you were wondering how to wear this: just hang it on your shoulders :)
This dress is solely made out of transparent plastic triangles, sewn onto fabric. Yes, she does sew! And she shows you the options if you don't stick to fabric as a material. And if you're prepared to get stared at :)
This dress is made out of leather straps, lined with gold metallic foil which shines through the folds. The skeleton is again made with a 3D printer. I did not read what this was about, but if a dress were an animal this would be it's skeleton. I think that Alaïa showed us the art and crafstmanship of sewing, while Van Herpen showed us sewing used as a technique to create art. Both were really inspiring and if you're around by any chance, go see this exhibition!