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During this year’s Prinsjesdag, Minister Jet Bussemaker is wearing a design by Pauline van Dongen. The outfit, called be-tween and made in collaboration with researchers from the TU Eindhoven and SLEM, follows Pauline’s field of expertise in generative design as its groundwork, to create a made-to-measure outfit that represents the fashion industry of the future.


Pauline, together with industrial designer Leonie Tenthof van Noorden, designed a dress that is custom made to fit the Minister. To do so, the team took use of a 3D body scanner to make a complete scan of Bussemaker, providing the designers with the exact measurements of Bussemaker resulting in a design that precisely fits the Minister.

To establish the strong interaction between body and material, a pattern has been generated with the use of software program ‘Grasshopper.’  Patterns and structures are generated with algorithms, allowing the designer to apply the interactive pattern on the body scan. The Minister could influence the design by changing the variables of the digital prototype, to shape the dress in a way she preferred.

Minister Bussemaker is also wearing a pair of comfortable 3D printed heels, which are made in collaboration with 3D printing expert Troy Nachtigall and SLEM, international innovation and education institute for footwear.  The pattern in the dress and the shoes, shows how clothing can become more dynamic and variable in the future. The continuous interaction between body and material create new forms of expression, in which material is no longer static.  The hat of Bussemaker resembles this dynamic future of fashion as well, the look of the hat changes with the spectator’s position.

Photography: Tomas Mustaerts