The 3D printed skirt and cape were produced using Stratasys’ unique Objet Connex multi-material 3D printing technology, which allows a variety of material properties to be printed in a single build.
This allows both hard and soft materials to be incorporated within the design, crucial to the movement and texture of the piece.
“The ability to vary softness and elasticity inspired us to design a “second skin” for the body acting as armor-in-motion; in this way we were able to design not only the garment’s form but also its motion,” explains Oxman. “The incredible possibilities afforded by these new technologies allowed us to reinterpret the tradition of couture as “tech-couture” where delicate hand-made embroidery and needlework is replaced by code.”
What do you get when you put an artist, an architech, a designer and a professor from MIT and Stratasys (3D printing) together?
Well, take a good look at the pics in this post.
Dutch designer van Herpen’s eleven-piece collection featured two 3D printed ensembles, including an elaborate skirt and cape which was created in collaboration with an artist, an architect, designer and professor Neri Oxman from MIT’s* Media Lab, and printed in 3D by Stratasys.
An intricate dress was also designed in collaboration with Austrian architect Julia Koemer, a lecturer at UCLA Los Angeles and printed in 3D by Materialise,
Then is this still considered "Couture"?
Van Herpen, Koerner and Materialise have continued testing the limits of 3D printing with this 3D printed dress, proving once again that normal rules don’t apply when fashion and high technology combine.
Take a look at the intricate lace-like texture of the dresses (right and below) which were created by precision lasers in a process known as Laser Sintering.
Today, it seems that 3D printing technology has made great strides and is now capable of very intricate needle work and replacing the seamstress. Regardless of whether this would be considered Couture or not, somehow, I feel more than a little bit excited that someday I can print my own fashion, just the way I like it.
But I wonder how much that 3D printer would cost ...