Object 12-1
by Matija Čop


These garments made from interlocking foam pieces by Croatian designer Matija Čop reference construction techniques and shapes found in gothic architecture (+ slideshow).

Object 12-1 by Matija Cop

A series of tabs and slots are lasercut from rectangular sections of soft, water- and UV-resistant foam, which link together without the use of stitches or glue.

Object 12-1 by Matija Cop

The layouts of these sections are taken from the plans of cathedrals such as St. Jacob's in Šibenik, Croatia.

Object 12-1 by Matija Cop

Different sized elements can be assembled to create sculptural shapes that reference the arches and domes of gothic buildings, then taken apart and rearranged.

Object 12-1 by Matija Cop

"Object 12-1 can be deconstructed and reconstructed in a completely different shape whenever one wishes," says Čop.

Object 12-1 by Matija Cop

One dress curves out from the hips, away from the body, then back past the head like the arc of a ceiling vault. The circular top of a hat resembles a rose window.

Object 12-1 by Matija Cop

Another item has sleeves that are narrow around the wrist then expand toward the body, reaching from shoulder to hip and creating triangular shapes that look like turrets.

Object 12-1 by Matija Cop

Garments in shades of grey or bright blue can be worn inside-out to expose the irregular surfaces of connecting tabs.

Object 12-1 by Matija Cop

"The qualities of the material make both sides soft and easily adjustable to the body," Čop says.

Object 12-1 by Matija Cop

Čop graduated from the University in Zagreb's Faculty of Textile Design with a degree in fashion design and last year designed the costumes for Croatian film Šegrt Hlapić.

Object 12-1 by Matija Cop

More fashion collections we've featured recently include angular clothing accessorised with concrete cuffs and foil-printed silk attire.

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  • Johan

    This ain’t no fashion but a woman inside a sculpture. Why would you do that?

    • blah

      Why not? Fashion has been doing just that for literally hundreds of years.

      • mik

        This is a bit silly. I totally agree with Johan.

        • This is still fashion, as long as it displays art then it is fashion.

    • budji3

      It’s art.

  • Concerned Citizen

    For decades we have, by law, been designing buildings without barriers for the disabled. And here goes the fashion industry in exactly the opposite direction, creating mobility barriers for the abled.

    A good lesson of, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”

  • Carmen

    I believe that barriers of the body reflect those of the mind. Is it so unreasonable to imagine such fashion designs, composed of algorithmic patterns, on the set of a science-fiction film? Would Star Wars be half as entertaining if Princess Amidala styled her hair in a regular ponytail with a clip to hold her bangs in place?

    Is it so unreasonable to create something so out of the ordinary that it would not have a place in your closet? What’s the big deal? What is so wrong about creating beautiful clothing articles that fall on the body in ways that are “sculptural”?

  • Isn’t this what design is all about – “creation”? It shouldn’t matter if it is fabric, paper, clay, wood or other. If you don’t like the design idea, you don’t wear it or buy it. Most of us cant wear half the fashion ideas walking down the catwalk. Imagination/creativity is what keeps these industries alive.