It began with performance artist Ieva Misevičiūtė slithering down the runway in a black laser-cut pleather bodysuit and leggings. As the show’s maestro — or “Lord of the Missing Chair,” according to press notes — Misevičiūtė moved slowly through a circular formation of stools to perform an interpretive dance solo. (Lest anyone get too caught up in the artiness of it all, a toddler in the audience interrupted the spectacle with joyful screams.) What ensued thereafter was a dark, twisted game of musical chairs, with models circling the runway in Threeasfour’s impeccably crafted 3-D printed dresses.
This season, Gabi Asfour, Angela Donhauser and Adi Gil took cues from “the way humans use animal and plant anatomies and cells to solve problems; especially in robotics,” according to Asfour. Juxtaposing organic themes with advanced 3-D printing technology from Stratasys, the trio sent out an all-black lineup almost reptilian in its construction. Geometric honeycomb and Fibonacci spiral prints, rendered in fabrics ranging from quilted pleather and faux fur to Neoprene velvet, mimicked patterns found in nature. One dress was crafted entirely from repurposed badminton birdies, which resembled feathers.
Aside from the amusement it provided, the musical-chair game demonstrated the garments’ impressive stretch capabilities. Even in the fussiest, most sculptural looks, the models walked — and sat down — with ease.