These Shape-Shifting Balloon Dresses Will Absolutely Blow Your Mind

Every once in a while, a runway design captures the entire internet’s attention for its lavishness, quirkiness, or even ridiculousness. But last night, a Central Saint Martins graduate student debuted a collection that made all of our jaws drop for its never-before-seen innovation.

Fredrik Tjaerandsen, a Norwegian grad student, presented a collection of shape-shifting balloon dress designs at the college’s annual BA Fashion show. What began as giant colorful balloons quickly transformed into rubber dresses and two-piece top and skirt sets. The videos, which have unsurprisingly taken over Instagram, are completely mesmerizing and mind-blowing to watch.

Tjaerandsen’s avant-garde designs took home the L’Oréal Professionnel Young Talent Award last night, the highest award Central Saint Martins’ design students can receive.

In an interview with Love Magazine, the design student revealed how the inflatable balloon garments work. “I have constructed these pieces with an air pressure system that lets the wearer control the air-flow,” he said. “Whenever the wearer wants to deflate it, they open a latch inside to release the inverted bubble part and then that dives out of the deflating bubble.”

Done in an array of bright colors, models demonstrated how the designs work in real-time on the runway. As they walked, they activated the latch inside the balloon to transform the piece into a wearable rubber dress.

At the end of the show, the designer posed with his looks on the runway upon receiving his award. And given the fact that this is just the beginning of his career, we can bet this is only the first we’ll see of Tjaerandsen’s work in fashion.

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'Moments of Clarity' Thank you so very much for all of your kind and heart-warming response to my collection shown yesterday. I would like to thank everyone that has helped me this year! I feel so incredibly grateful to be surrounded by such an amazingly talented group of friend, family and professionals. I am so honored to receive the LOreal Professional Young Talent Award @lorealpro! This would not have been possible without support I received from the Les Visionnaire scholarship thank you so much Jeremy Till for believing in my work and giving me the opportunity to create my dream. I also want to thank my amazing tutors Anna-Nicole Ziesche and @h.sproat for constantly pushing me to expand and evolve to do better. And thank you @sarahlouisegresty for all your encouragement and support. Thank you for making my @bafcsm experience amazing! A huge thank you to my helpers @mmirae and @spicylemonsamiam for always being there from the very beginning. I couldn’t have done it without you ? Thank you @ryonarushima and your team for creating the most amazing hair that complimented my collection in the most incredible way. Thank you @sabusuzuki for designing and creating the beautiful makeup. Thank you to my performers @momokatemo @chanfyx @heavyhandd @joshuajsmall @bysan.z @stwzd @sag_a @hadidjah for looking absolutely stunning and being so patient and willing to wear my bubbles ❤️

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You can watch the full BA Fashion Show below:

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