Holographic fabrics are technological feats that appeared for the first time in Haute Couture looks in the latest Maison Margiela Artisanal show last February. A daring and dexterous move. Here’s how…
Back to the future
Revived under the direction of the inimitable John Galliano, Maison Margiela revealed a new Artisanal collection with ultra-futuristic Couture accents last February. And for good reason: this entire line, boasting exceptional technical expertise, is based on the unprecedented use of a holographic fabric with a singular appearance, created with micro-beads and then zinc sulphur: China Star.
A skilfully draped trench coat, urban overcoat or sportswear parka: the material with rainbow reflections deftly appeared on the looks in this spring/summer 2018 collection, propelling Haute Couture’s patrimonial heritage into a stylistic future.
Born in the 1930s, holographic fabric – which is primarily used for road safety equipment – undergoes several manufacturing phases through quasi-scientific processes in which the firm JRC Reflex specialises. An expert in retro-reflective materials, the manufacturer has been developing innovative and often custom-made products for renowned customers for half a century.