Gifted mathematician, also known as Leonardo of Pisa or Pisano, (1170-1250) with his famous number sequence of the Golden Ratio unwittingly created a sense of proportion in action that has inspired modern fashion design. His briliant succession of numbers idealizes proportion and once recognized, is seen continually throughout nature, art, fashion and architecture.
Rose Illustrating Fibonacci Spiral
The Fibonacci Sequence inspirationgeek chic fashion inspired by lost and the Golden Ratio
Epitomized in the rectangle depicted below, this figure is built from an increasing aspect of the, which is the closest possible approximation of the Golden Ratio of 1 to lost 1..6. It is comprised of the series of numbers: 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21, 34 etc. The next number is found by adding up the two numbers preceding it.
Known as Phi, the can be found everywhere. creates a sense of balance, harmony and beauty of design that down through the ages man has found visually appealing and applied to all kinds of patterns, motifs and compositions for textiles, weaving, art and architecture that have slowly but steadily become what is sometimes known as "mathetecture." The unspoken message is that mathematics and fashion as well as other decorative arts, have a stronger connection than previously supposed.
Leonardo Fibonacci, the man
Known by several names, Fibonacci was born in Italy as Leonardo Pisano and was the son of a diplomat. He was educated in North Africa where his father, Guigliemo, was stationed in a Mediterranean port in northeastern Algeria where he represented mercants from the Republic of Pisa who were trading there.
The bright young man was inroduced to mathematics, a subject in which he excelled. He traveled widely with his father and after returning to Pisa, wrote a number of important texts that promoted ancient mathematical skills. Although a visionary, the brilliant young Fibonacci could not have envisioned the impact his numerical sequence would have on the modern world of and wearable technology.
Michael Schmidt, Diane Eng and the Fibonacci Sequence
The fully articulated gown assembled from 17 pieces is the creation of New York-based fashion designer, and is based on the Fibonacci Sequence. It represents the link between fashion and mathematics. Architect, Francis Bitonti, created the 3-D model and 3-D printed the dress in nylon. After being dyed black, the dress was lacquered and adoned with more than 13,000 Swarovski crystals.
Shapeways 3-D Printed Dress
Internationally recognized fashion designer and graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Diane Eng has used the Fibonaccci Sequence to create a scarf which mimics a growth cycle all its own. During the knitting process, the new number of stitiches is added to the previous number of stitches to get the next number.
Diane Eng Scarf
A special dress
The dress featured below is another example of a clever adaptation of the Fibonacci Sequence. The numbers revolve around the model's torso, adding up to a unique visual experience.
The legacy of the Fibonacci Sequence
Future fashion designers may well find inspiration in the world of science. aided by a myriad of innovative materials, new shapes and silhouettes based on scientific and mathematic formulas may one day become an every day occurrence.
Closing thoughts on fashion:
Clothes, they say, have more important offices than to keep us warm. They change our view of the world and the world's view of us. Virginia Woolf
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