Subtle metal fabrics from Smart Textiles in Nhu Duong’s new collection
With the help of the Smart Textiles Prototype Factory in Borås and the metal knitting machines at the Swedish School of Textiles, fashion designer Nhu Duong has created new materials for her latest collection. It was exhibited during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in August.
This spring, Nhu Duong contacted the Smart Textiles Prototype Factory concerning one of her ideas. She wanted to develop a composite material in metal with a very textile feeling. Using the metal knitting machines at the Swedish School of Textiles, Nhu Duong was able to show her composite material in clothes on the catwalk during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in August.
– I visited Borås where I worked with Tommy Martinsson in the Knitting Lab at the Swedish School of Textiles. We knitted materials in which metals were mixed with fluorescent materials. The collaboration resulted in a denim-like metal material and a striped material in metal/polyimide, a material that could be used to protect the wearer from radioactive radiation, Nhu Duong explains.
The models walked between great, white screens during Nhu Duong’s exhibition at Kungsträdgården, Stockholm. Materials, illusions and folds were in focus in the collection and garments made in metal knitting machines stood out.
– The collection started out from the theme of collisions or “disturbances”. Two elements fight each other, two vector patterns are brought together to create a moire-like print, several layers of pastel coloured tulle has been used to create the same illusion.
Text: Ida Borenstein
Photo: Kristian Löveborg