The mirror’s ability to imitate reality has always provoked deep philosophical thought. Consider that the word ‘idea’ originates from the Greek language, where it took the feminine form of ‘eidos’. This has been translated to mean an image reflected in water or mirror (Thomas Moore, The Plants Within). If the very essence of the word ‘idea’ can be related to mirrors, it is no wonder that the use of the mirror in design evokes such a strong sense of thought-provoking wonder.
Andreia Chaves | Invisible Shoe Collection
Not only is the use of the mirror ideologically significant, it is versatile. Take Brazilian designer, Andreia Chaves. She caused a storm before she had even graduated with her use of mirrors through her innovative ‘invisible shoe’ collection. Chaves’ creation is formed by the fusion of leather making techniques and advanced 3D-printing, the mirror shell encasing the shoe gives it a ‘chameleon effect’. With a nod to cubism, the optical illusion created by this effect means that each step taken effectively immerses the foot into its surrounding environment.
Iris Van Harpen | 2014 Collection | Photography by Vogue
A designer like no other, Iris Van Harpen has been creating wearable sculptures for years. One of her most electrifying designs has to be the Mirror Dress from her Haute Couture collection, where we can see the power of the mirror in its folded state.
Iris Van Harpen | 2014 Collection
An outstandingly powerful piece, the intricate detailing of the folds and creases creates an infinite reflection. The folds and shapes of Van Harpen’s mirrors are similar to those seen in the Froisse Mirror, by Hungarian artist Mathias Kiss. His contemporary approach to the manipulation of materials leaves us questioning our spatial awareness.
Loewe | 2016 Fall Collection
Led by talented Irish designer Jonathan Anderson, Loewe’s collection for this season embodies a series of contrasts. Fractured mirror elements feature throughout this collection, roughing up the otherwise sophisticated silhouettes. Commenting on this collection Anderson states “I like the idea of using found things”. Although up-cycling seems like a juxtaposition of the luxury brand’s image, it seems to be exactly what this innovative young designer is aiming for. The shattered mirrors adorning the brand’s catwalk exude edgy glamour and make a bold statement.
Carolin Holzhuber | Symbiosis collection
Abstract footwear designer Carolin Holzhuber’s collection of mind-bending shoes are reminiscent of the ideals behind Chaves’ Invisible Shoe collection. Chaves’ entirely mirrored pieces play with our perspective in terms of making the foot blend in with the surrounding environment. Holzhuber, on the other hand, uses subtle mirroring in combination with unusual shapes and contrasting materials to ensure that the foot is very much at the forefront of our sight line.
Basque Health Department Headquarters | Bilbao, Spain
Like something from a cubist dream, this futuristic building in Basque Country, Spain enthrals us with the power of the mirrored image. This architectural masterpiece throws the reflections of the surrounding city into disarray with its glass sheets placed at irregular angles. The use of mirrors in this cubist manner gives the movement a modern twist.
“Indeed we are in the mirror even when it’s not in front of us. Nothing escapes the mirror. The great space is in the mirror, time (whole time) is already in the mirror and space has the dimension of time.” — Michelangelo Pistoletto
Written by Anneka Shally
Edited by Christina Wright