Sewing as Art – Berber Soepboer Dresses

You know those times when you click on an interesting link and that leads you to another link and another and then you find something amazing? This was one of those times.

I can’t even remember how the link-loop began but I ended up on Berber Soepboer’s page looking at the Color-in Dress and I was amazed!

Berber Soepboer Colour-in Dress

Berber Soepboer Colour-in Dress


Have you ever heard about the 4th dimension in design? It’s often referred to when an object can also change over time, the 4th dimension. Sometimes we change it through our interaction with it and sometimes it changes by itself, like when metal rusts. Anyway, design babble aside, I love design that changes. Even in it’s starting state this dress is really nice…and then it gets even better.

‘The Colour-In Dress’ is a simple dress with a black and white print, which is especially designed to fill with coloured textile markers. Because the print is so flexible you can make many different designs by colouring it. Everybody can interpret the print the way they like it best.

Scrolling around I discovered even more amazingness. The dress under Fragment Textiles is great but I really really really want to have a go at making a skirt just like that.

Berber Soepboer Fragment Textiles

I love how some parts stand up and that hem is a bit spikey and the idea that you could take it apart and make it into another garment.

Berber Soepboer Fragment Textiles

There skirt is made up of star shapes, while the dress utilises squares, there is  a picture of how the squares join up to make the “fabric”.

Berber Soepboer Fragment Textiles

The goal was to design clothes with a second live; cradle to cradle. Completely environmentally friendly. Together they developed two small forms made of special biological wool. Squares and Stars, both can be put together with more of the same kind creating a fabric. Both forms have small slices, which gives them the possibility to click in each other and hold. Two cloths were made with these forms; a square dress and a star skirt. Both completely detachable thus changeable, in colour as in form.

The Replacement Dresses are also a cool concept and I’d love to see it developed further with other garments. I can see skirts being clipped together to make a dress, or tops becoming trousers!

Berber Soepboer Replacement Dresses

‘The Replacement Dresses’ exists out of three dresses all printed with a multicoloured design. Each dress exists out of several pieces, which are attached to each other by buttons. The pieces can be exchanged between the three dresses. This makes it possible to combine the three different prints in a way the wearer prefers

Berber Soepboer Replacement Dresses

There is quite a bit more on their website so I highly recommend you click through and have a cruise around for some inspiration, it definitely got my brain buzzing! 🙂

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Sewing as Art – Origami Map Dresses

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5 thoughts on “Sewing as Art – Berber Soepboer Dresses

  1. I love the fragment idea, it seems like some that could be easy to replicate for a home sewista too, except I would be worried about “stealing” such a unique idea. Great find!

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