From Iris van Herpen’s most recent Spring 2012 couture collection, Micro, these images show work that was inspired by scientific SEM photographs of bacilli, vermin, mites, lice and termites. Commenting on the work Van Haerpen noted that she wanted to show their beauty because in her eyes they were the most bizarre, unbelievable and most imaginative creatures imaginable. The bulbous dresses were fashioned from clusters of amphibious-looking plexiglass, 3D modeled on the computer before sewed onto the garments.
At the cutting edge of textile design, SMART CLOTHES include conductive fabrics that can power microelectronic devices, superhydrophobic materials and synthetic fabrics that can conserve body heat and promote increased blood circulation.
SEM Images 
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A touch-sensitive colour-changing polyester that changes from black through the visible spectrum in between the temperature range of 25ºC to 30ºC.
A regular piece of fabric treated with a conductive polymer that has no effect on its strength, feel or flexibility—yet allows it conduct electricity.
Osmotex is a textile membrane with extremely powerful and electronically controlled moisture transport, with potential applications in air conditioning and cooling in buildings, garments, beds, seats, transport and medicine. The moisture transport can be regulated from zero to more than 200 liter per square meter and hour, which is more than 100 times more than the conventional textile membranes.
Fabric woven from a shape memory polymer that causes the fibres to contract in heat—so long sleeves on a shirt can suddenly become short sleeves.
A fabric that reflects a body’s Far Infrared Rays [FIRs] back to the wearer, promotes blood circulation and increases oxygen levels in the blood.
An antimicrobial material that mimics the lotus leaf, repelling both water and blood.
A fabric that absorbs and reflects UV radiation.
Reflects 97% radiated heat and has strong mechanical properties.
A polyester yarn made from 100% postconsumer recycled plastic bottles that feels natural. Fibres are arranged so moisture passes efficiently from the inside to the outside.
Cotton impregnated with carbon nanotubes that enable it to be conductive and keep the wearer warm, which can also be used like a wire to power an LED.
A fabric with integrated optic fibres that can be arranged to power LEDs or integrated with sensors and microelectronics to create smart clothing.
“When I first read about the ability of superhydrophobic materials to repel water, I immediately pictured a superhero who could sink to the depths of the oceans, without worrying about water pressure.” Stephen Byrne