These garments made from interlocking foam pieces by Croatian designer Matija Čop reference construction techniques and shapes found in gothic architecture.
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.
The layouts of these sections are taken from the plans of cathedrals such as St. Jacob’s in Šibenik, Croatia.
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 can be deconstructed and reconstructed in a completely different shape whenever one wishes,” says Čop
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.
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.
Garments in shades of grey or bright blue can be worn inside-out to expose the irregular surfaces of connecting tabs.
“The qualities of the material make both sides soft and easily adjustable to the body,” Čop says.
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.
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