Algorithms and 25,000 Svarovski for a high-tech dress






Foraeva’s cross-cutting design workshop was ready for an inauguration and needed a creature to mark its identity. Romanian fashion designer Lana Dumitru and Romanian architect Vlad Tenu were also trained to design a dress of more than 25,000 Svarovski crystals. But how; They used the decorative pattern of a traditional Romanian kilim and digital software – computer simulations, algorithmic design methods and digital prototype creation – to achieve the high-tech creation process.

“Identity and tradition are not going to be lost as we walk into the path of trans-globalization, they will evolve in unexpected ways, molded by technology and emotions,” said the designers behind the Foraeva lab. The crystals behave as a three-dimensional pixel. They are controlled by an algorithm, which was created to interpret traditional motifs and recreate them with Svarovski crystals.

“This is a process-based design that creates not only a model but a family of models with full 3D simulation for a dialogue on robot manufacturing rather than the human hand,”, the members of the group that created the chic futuristic dress (15 people, who worked for almost six months).