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See Swarovski crystal embellished 3D-printed fashion by creative house Baëlf Design at the Singapore National Museum

See Swarovski crystal embellished 3D-printed fashion by creative house Baëlf Design at the Singapore National Museum

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Text: Jolene Khor


Renewable silk and upcycled Swarovski crystals take centre stage as 'Beeing Human' at the DigiMuse Presents exhibition

It's hard to imagine your favourite cocktail dress or oldest pair of jeans being connected to nature. For the most part, we draw an invisible line between us and that which have made us — see any of the videos floating on Facebook about the amount of non-biodegradable trash we're dumping on this planet if you're unsure — so we don't harbour guilt about our mountainous habits. Fast fashion. Plastic straws. The killing of bees.

Baëlf Design's Jamela Law and Lionel Wong isn't going to let us off the hook so easily.

In 'Beeing Human', a part of the 'DigiMuse Presents' exhibition, they present a series of dresses and accessories created using 3D printing technology. Composed of hexagonal structures taken after the honeycomb, this tribute to bees as nature's natural wonder is embellished with an impressive 32,000 Swarovski crystals. The statement by Swarovski reads: "Through the fusion of geometric, architectural and biological forms, the designers convey their desire for environmental preservation and sustainability, and hope to encourage visitors to rethink the relationship between humanity and nature."

In line with the Law and Wong's ecological and ethical approach, their creations incorporate new and upcycled Swarovski crystals as well as BioFila silk, a renewable raw material derived from wood as the 3D printing filament.

"We are very happy to collaborate with Swarovski for this collection," Law said. "Upcycled crystals can be easily applied on a myriad of designs of different materials and forms. Their beauty and brilliance elevate our work to a much higher level, and we hope that visitors can fully experience the beauty of how technology, sustainability and fashion can coexist together in this exhibition."

 

'Beeing Human' will be on display at the DigiMuse Presents exhibition until October 15 at the Modern Colony Gallery, National Museum of Singapore. Opening hours are from 10am to 6.30pm every day.

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