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Visionary design duo Lana and Vlad have reinterpreted tradition for the next space age, with a hybrid art-meets-tech dress. The future of fashion is crystal clear.

Architecture meets fashion, sculpture meets style, nature meets tech: Welcome to the future, as imagined by Lana Dumitru and Vlad Tenu. The partnership between the Romanian fashion designer and the London-based architect has resulted in an otherworldly clothing range that could sit happily in a wardrobe or an art gallery. The collection’s flagship piece is a dress crafted from 25,000 individual Swarovski crystals, which took a team of 15 people six months to assemble.

All 25,000 crystals are individual pieces of jewelry, all interconnected to create 3D patterns Lana Dumitru and Vlad Tenu

Its futuristic aesthetic has a historic heart, however, taking the colors and patterns of a traditional Romanian rug and digitally reconstructing them in crystal form. “The complexity of this dress has reached an engineering level only possible through full 3D simulations, algorithmic design methods and digital prototyping,” says Tenu. “It is a new kind of artefact.” This dress is boldly going where no dress has gone before.

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Simon Webb, courtesy Salt/Conde Nast
AS SEEN IN SALT SEPTEMBER 2017
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