In the Fall of 2014, NuVu Studio’s Nature-Tech Collection hit the runways of both Boston and New York Fashion Week to showcase the power of young student creativity and their ingenuity in bringing technology to the high fashion world. The experience proved not only a great example of the impact of the design process on secondary school education, but also showcased the ability of young students to produce professional-level work with a relevant critical base.
For this collection, NuVu students began with the theme of Nature-Tech. Within nature there are many beautiful forms, colors and designs: from the tiniest sea caterpillars exploding with striking colors, to the mighty redwood trees standing gracefully with their elegant structure. NuVu’s Nature-Tech Collection took inspiration from nature and its fascinating and complex patterns and blended this with 3d fabrication technology. The Nature-Tech Collection was meant to inspire, create awe, and involve some level of fantasy, while creating a sense of wonder and illusion.
Using the combined power of digital design (computer aided drafting, 3d modeling) and rapid prototyping tools (laser cutters and 3d printers), the NuVu Studio designers developed new and unique patterns and forms for the garments included in the Nature-Tech Collection that otherwise would not be possible through traditional methods and processes. The collection used a breadth of materials including various industrial materials made accessible through the digital fabrication methods such as plywood, polycarbonate, renewable bioplastic polylactic acid (PLA), and High-density polyethylene (HDPE).
During this talk, I will discuss the design studio model and process through which students created the Nature-Tech Collection, and the impact on the larger educational and fashion industries.