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Nicolas Rademacher
Architecture

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Specialisms: Architecture / Apparel / Design and Technology

Location: Long Beach, United States

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Nicolas Rademacher

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First Name: Nicolas

Last Name: Rademacher

Specialisms: Architecture / Apparel / Design and Technology

Sectors: Product / Architecture / Interiors / Fashion/Textiles/Accessories / Product / Architecture / Interiors

My Location: Long Beach, United States

University / College: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Course / Program Title: Architecture

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My story is a little unique in that I did graduate in 2020, but my final architectural thesis was finished a couple years ago. As I was finishing up my degree I kept exploring the ideas from that thesis into other design practices such as fashion. It started with the mask and grew into larger full body concepts. The work is an exploration of fashion using the same tools and technology learned in architecture. The design processes started with tests of a 3d printed bodice and transitioned to more traditional fabric patterning. The interest lies within the articulation of the body. The researched works of Jean Paul Gaultier, Martin Margiela, and more recently Iris Van Herpen's work helped inform the designs. Focusing on the dress, the process started out with the tracing of an image of a ghost orchid, being drawn to the wispy, delicate nature of the flower. From there, the line work is mirrored, warped, and rotated to multiple iterations. After picking the desired iteration, it goes through the process of warping a moire pattern to the line work to give it graphic richness. To complete the concept there is a ghosted silhouette, a technique used in Martin Margiela's work, that harkens back 'ghostly' qualities of the orchid. This added a desired effect that tied all the concepts together. This same technique is used in the form of a caftan, a garment that hides the body, curiously becomes articulated on the surface condition of the fabric.

VIPER DRESS

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Inspired by tattoos, the Viper Dress redefines the tattoo from two-dimensional graphic to a dimensional, multi-layered, laser cutout. Having an architecture background, I am always fascinated by the ever evolving digital landscape, utilizing emerging technologies such as laser-cutting to create contemporary pieces of clothing. The method of laser cutting is transformative, altering the leather, which is typical thought of as rugged and structural, into a flowing silhouette.The wispy ends of the design gives opportunity for a new typology of fringe. The design takes advantage of the strength of the leather and its ability not to fray with the raw edge, cutting out intricate patterning. The dress’ versatility is perfect for pairing with other garments. Also can be made in multiple color ways, and playing with different textures of leather through its layering. The researched works of Sarah Burton, Bob Mackie, and Iris Van Herpen helped inform the silhouette of the dress.