House Fournie: a seamless mingling of haute couture and cutting edge technology

Here is how this France-based house of haute couture aims to make, a subtle and yet distinct statement, in tomorrow’s launch of the Paris’ Spring/Summer Haute Couture Week.

French haute couturier Julien Fournie is one of those new age designers who effortlessly bridge the ancient art form of hand-stitched silk gowns with modern cutting-edge 3D printed accessories, that he has first designed virtually at his Paris workshop, as as he tucks and tweaks his outfits on models who springs them to life.

His high-tech approach and utilization of 3D printed accessories, his subtly blended in his latest Asian-inspired collection, which will be on view on Tuesday during Paris’ Spring/Summer Haute Couture Week, one of fashion’s ultimate display of craftsmanship.

Vintage kimono fabrics are subtly integrated, with a masterly hand, into the designs, with many showcasing intricate origami-style adornments.

“New technology isn’t about doing dresses with blinking lights,” said Fournie. “We realized that in fashion, technology is only interesting when it disappears.”

Since his couture house has just a seven member team, much of his creative work,ranging from conception to exchanging samples with suppliers, is done online – virtually.

His experiments with iPad designs even earned him a visit last year from Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, who dropped in to see how he was using their tools for his design projects.

Fournie has also joined hands with Dassault Systemes, a French 3D engineering and software company, to develop management systems and has adapted printing techniques to the fashion world.

Fournie also mentioned that he has other design ventures in the pipeline, including a soon-to-be unveiled USB stick for cryptocurrencies.


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