So that’s what a magnetic storm looks like. Iris van Herpen, who uses 3-D printing and laser cutting to create her fashions, sent out metallic, shell-like structures that engulfed the upper body, as well as a kimono dress with fragile cutout patterns. They resembled walking sculptures.

The Dutch designer also played with the notion of the human body altered by surgery and scarification via pierced silicon dresses. Rubber chickens — you read that correctly — protruded from the shoulders of one dress, producing a creepy moment.

Though models walked slowly, inhibited by the intricate constructions they were carrying, their 3-D printed platform shoes were cracking under their feet, suggesting that the technology may not be ready yet.

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