Futuristic gowns formed from metallic
neoprene by Sadie Williams

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Futuristic gowns formed from metallic neoprene by Sadie Williams

Fashion designer Sadie Williams has heat-pressed neoprene to create this collection of metallic sci-fi garments, which was nominated for Designs of the Year 2014 earlier this week.

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Sadie Williams created the embossed effects on the dresses in her Totemic collection by sandwiching layers of neoprene, more commonly used for wetsuits, between metallic yarns and tracksuit material.

Futuristic gowns formed from metallic neoprene by Sadie Williams

Williams chose the sparkly yet structured materials after seeing old images of Harley Davidson riders and Japanese bikers who rode glittery motorcycles.

Futuristic gowns formed from metallic neoprene by Sadie Williams

"I really love the graphic, masculine print arrangement found in biker clothing, helmets and panelled satin racing vests," said Williams. "I incorporated leather elements into my collection as a nod to bikers."

Futuristic gowns formed from metallic neoprene by Sadie Williams

The simple silhouettes of the dresses were influenced by 1960s designers Pierre Cardin and André Courrèges and references from gowns by Italian designer Valentino are visible in the length and dropped waists.

Futuristic gowns formed from metallic neoprene by Sadie Williams

Bonding the metallic yarns to the tracksuit fabric removed the need for lining and also gave the textile a stiff quality.

Futuristic gowns formed from metallic neoprene by Sadie Williams

Leather panels and patches were either sewn into the dresses or appliquéd on top.

Futuristic gowns formed from metallic neoprene by Sadie Williams

Prints were added on top using hand collaged heat-transfer papers and a dye-sublimation printer, which also employs heat to transfer colours to textiles.

Futuristic gowns formed from metallic neoprene by Sadie Williams

Sadie Williams created the garments while studying on Central Saint Martins's MA Fashion course, which she graduated from last year.

The collection is nominated in the Fashion category for this year's Designs of the Year awards organised by London's Design Museum. Two of her pieces will go on display at the museum from 26 March as part of the dedicated exhibition.

  • Dr. Who

    EXTERMINATE!

    • Arjay Cee

      They’re Dalek-icious!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chuck.anziulewicz PolishBear

    The fabrics are great, but some of those silhouettes are absolutely awful.