It’s the cutting edge in high couture. Created using more than 25,000 Swarovski crystals, the Foræva dress combines rigid structure and flowing lines to channel the ultimate in space-age design.
But according to its creators, Romanian fashion designer Lana Dumitru and architect Vlad Tenu, the dress’s complex patterns and glowing colours are inspired by one thing: Romania’s traditional rug designs.
The team used cutting edge design techniques to create the dress, featuring a combination of algorithms and 3D simulations. It ultimately took 15 people almost six months to assemble the design.
Dumitru and Tenu say that the design’s traditional roots send a message on the evolving place of cultural heritage in the modern era. “Identity and tradition will not be lost on the path of inter-globalisation,” the team said on their website. “They will evolve in unexpected ways, shaped by technology and emotions.”