Research and experimentation have always been the driving forces behind Stone Island since it’s inception by Massimo Osti back in 1982 right up to the present day and their Prototype Research series. With previous projects in the series having focussed on techniques such as lasering on a liquid base anorak and garment dyed dyneema fabric, the third instalment is all about extreme compacting. Limited to just 100 prototype pieces, these exposed garments are made with a mix of 4 polyamide based canvas fabrics, with different weights, compositions and shrinkages.
The finished piece is then treated with a complex high temperature dyeing process that colours, shrinks and compacts the materials from 0 to over 25%, re proportioning the aesthetics. This is possible thanks to Stone Island’s expertise in pattern making and to the know-how of its colour laboratory. Whereby the different reactions to the treatment in turn characterise the feel and appearance of all the various fabrics used for the garment. If you’re lucky enough to be in Milan this week then be sure to check out ‘Tortona Design Week’ at Via Savona from today until this Sunday where you can have a look at this amazing feat of textile ingenuity for yourself.