3D-Printed Dress Mimics Feathers and Scales to Move With You

3D-Printed Dress Mimics Feathers and Scales to Move With You

A 3D-printed dress with thousands of interlocking parts looks and feels natural

Eva Recinos
  • 2 march 2016

As part of the upcoming #techstyle exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, design studio Nervous System created a 3D-printed dress that puts customization at the forefront of its design.

The Kinematic Petal Dress is based on the Kinematics system created by the design studio. The design of this particular piece not only allows for precise and specific measurements, it also allows for a range of movement. Created with thousands of interlocking parts, the garment mimics the movement of other materials used in fashion. The team took inspiration from feathers, petals and scales. By mimicking these materials, the dress adapts to the user’s movements.


According to a video demonstrating the process behind the dress, the design is meant to be customizable for any body type. As the video explains, “each element of the dress can be customized, producing a 3D textile which varies in structure and style along with the body.” The design can be created when users input their measurements or use a 3D scan.

Each piece is fully assembled and ready to wear. Nervous System explains more about this process on its website:

We employ a smart folding strategy to compress Kinematics garments into a smaller form for efficient fabrication. By folding the garments prior to printing them, we can make complex structures larger than a 3D printer, that unfold into their intended shape.

The Kinematics Petal Dress will be on display at the #techstyle exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from March 6 to July 16.

Nervous System


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