3D Printed Dresses On The Catwalks Of Paris Fashion Week
Dutch designer Iris van Herpen’s ‘Voltage’ Haute Couture show featured fashion 3D printed by Stratasys and Materialise.
Dutch designer Iris van Herpen‘s Haute Couture show ‘Voltage’ at Paris Fashion Week featured two 3D printed designs created in collaboration with Stratasys and Materialise. One was a black dress designed with Austrian architect Julia Koerner and 3D printed by Materialise.
The other, a skirt and cape, were created with artist and professor Neri Oxman from MIT’s Media Lab and 3D printed by Stratasys using their unique Objet Connex multi-material technology. This allows a variety of material properties to be printed at once, so hard and soft materials can both be incorporated into the same design. Van Herpen said:
I feel it’s important that fashion can be about much more than consumerism, but also about new beginnings and self-expression, so my work very much comes from abstract ideas and using new techniques, not the re-invention of old ideas. I find the process of 3D printing fascinating because I believe it will only be a matter of time before we see the clothing we wear today produced with this technology, and it’s because it’s such a different way of manufacturing, adding layer-by-layer, it will be a great source of inspiration for new ideas.