If I told you these dresses were made using just fabric, starch and iron would you believe me? I know, I’m still trying to get my head around it. These beautiful designs were created by the incredibly talented students at London College of Fashion in collaboration with Braun. Using just the Braun CareStyle 5 ironing system (here) to add colour to their designs and using techniques such as steam, starching, pleats and the pressing of fabrics to shape and hold together the dresses instead of traditional fastenings, this collection is unique and a first of its kind! Who knew that ironing could be so fun? Braun’s latest iron features a patented curved Eloxal 3D BackGlide soleplate which is twice as hard as stainless steel and with scratch resistance. This means you can glide the iron effortlessly over embellishments without catching or the need to constantly stop-start and rotate. Dream!
Taking her inspiration from origami, Henrietta Boyd-Wallis created a dress from a single piece of material which was folded and wrapped around the body, and held together using just starch and the iron. To add texture and depth to the dress, crystal embellishments and a light green fabric were ironed on, completing the look.
The graceful Crane bird was what inspired Yanan Yao’s creation. The entire dress is made from pleats created with the iron. The look was brought to life by adding colour to the pleated fabric. This was achieved by placing specialist colour printed paper on top of the material which was then heated using the iron, transferring the colour onto the dress to create this striking affect.
Yumi Kim created an entire dress from pieces of die cut fabric which were held together using the iron and starch. Featuring a number of different materials and coloured using shades of peach, orange and pink in reference to flamingos. This intricate design was inspired by sculpture, namely the Guggenheim Museum and Frank Gehry’s work process of folding, bending, twisting and distorting.
Bahar Alipour created an organic shape by adding a three dimensional effect starting from the bust and flowing round the back. The dress was closed by fraying and knotting the edges of the fabric; this was then starched and held into place with the iron. Colourful embellishments were added to bring the dress to life.
See exclusive behind the scenes footage here – https://youtu.be/iDJzVs7gfxI