Here’s a dress that revolutionizes even the concept of green clothing. It’s a crossover piece that fashion designer Mattijs van Bergen and landscape architect Anouk Vogel collaborated on – on request from the Amsterdam Centre for Architecture. When the two designers first came together, they were at a loss about where to start from, since it seemed like they came from two opposing ends of the spectrum. The fashion designer from a world of fashion that was changing by the minute, the landscape designer resting on the fact that design in her field was ever alive, constantly in evolution.
But they arrived at a brilliant idea together. The dress that they designed stands as the antithesis of fast fashion. It is in essence a living thing that brings each changing phase of nature to life with floral arrangements on it that can be changed to match the season.
To be on display at the ARCAM in Amsterdam, the living dress is mainly made of recycled inner tubes from bicycles and wool. The front looks like elaborate smocking, but is in fact a surface of many mini vases that can be filled with water and can hold floral arrangements. The appearance of the dress changes depending on what flowers are used and how much water is filled in the water sacs.