The ‘Transmotion’ dress and the eponymous short film features mesmeric muse Carice van Houten, lensed by Ryan McDaniels.

The term transmotion depicts the process of change from one state and form, to another.

The ‘Transmotion’ dress radiates in a diaphanous bloom of white silk organza, translucent layers pleated within the confines of an undulating form. Contrasted against the frailty of the sheer petals, black branches of duchess satin were laser-cut, hand-stitched and form the central roots of the garment.

This geometric lattice recalls humankind’s inclination to tame nature. Beneath the surface, the branching also reveals the synonymity of mycorrhizal networks (the Wood Wide Web) and the symbiotic nature within human communities. Like fronds frozen in time, crystalline filaments sprout from the heart of the dress. Portraying delicate new life, black seed-like crystals punctuate the tip of each stamen like strand. 

The concept of the creation stems from the notion of growth and regeneration. The seemingly simple seed is the embodiment of life and the potential that comes with it. A seed embedded upside down in dirt still sees the seedling growing the right way up. The dress follows symmetry in both its axis and without context, indiscernible which way is up or down. Motion and fluidity involved in the formation of tessellations highlight the capacity to shift between negatives and positives. Amidst an era when polarising ideologies are heightened, the work reflects upon the nature of perception.

Featuring: Carice van Houten
Director: Ryan McDaniels
Sound Design: Salvador Breed
Including tracks: ‘F Major’ by Hania Rani — Gondwana Records
Art Direction: Eugene Yeap | Ryan McDaniels
Casting: Tobias Heinrichs
Talent: Rebekka Beate Groeneveld
Hair & Make-up: Emmy Klomp — EE Agency
Hair & Make-up Assistant: Iris Zuidema
Production: Ryan McDaniels | Tobias Heinrichs | Valentine Bouquet
Director of Photography: Victor Horstink
Steadicam Operator: Erwan van Buuren 
Focus Puller: Nina Da Costa
Gaffer: Teun Pulles
Editor: Ryan McDaniels
Color Grading: Ryan McDaniels
Photography: Valentine Bouquet
Behind The Scenes Videography: Joost Konings
Literature: Iris van Herpen | Eugene Yeap | Tobias Heinrichs
Illustrations Artwork: Nastya Kuzmina
Location: Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam

Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode
Davy Hezemans & Joanna van der Werf | Spice PR
Zuiderling Agency | Roy Schellekens
Nina van het Spijker & Robert Lee | Conservatorium Hotel