The recently concluded 2013 Paris Fashion Week didn’t disappoint the high fashion enthusiasts. In addition to showcasing the inspiring and colorful collections from some of the top-notch designers of this generation, it also revealed that the 3D printing technology will soon have an important place in haute couture.
Dutch designer Iris van Harpen regaled the crowd with her 11-piece collection at Voltage show, especially when two of the models took the runway wearing 3D printed clothes.
Harpen tapped the expertise of 3D-printing companies Stratasys and Materialise to create two pieces of extraordinary designs. She collaborated with Austrian architect Julia Koerner to come up with a stunning black dress which Materialise put together with its 3D printers.
Korner described the dress as “a highly complex, parametrically generated geometrical structure,” according to CNET.
The other creation is a cape and skirt combo from the minds of Harpen and MIT Media Lab professor Neri Oxman. The duo tapped Stratasys’ Object Connex multimaterial 3D-printing technology, which enables the operator to use hard and soft materials in a single build.
“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,” Oxman said. “The incredible possibilities afforded by these new technologies allowed us to reinterpret the tradition of couture as ‘tech couture’ where delicate handmade embroidery and needlework is replaced by code.”
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