Fashion Week was, is and will always be riveting. The coming together of different prominent names and some new names in the industry to showcase a new collection for the coming year is always a fun fare of creativity, style, inspiring passion and love of fashion, as it has been intended from day one. Now before, I get too excited and digress, I came across New York-based company called Shapeways, that specializes in 3D printing service, and I absolutely fell in love with some of the creations, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to write this post about 3D Printing in the Fashion Industry. Shapeways just unveiled a Fully functional dress, designed by Nervous System Studios and created in their 3D Printing Factory. The coming together of Fashion and Science has always been fascinating to me and getting the opportunity to learn more and talk about it, has been eye- opening and inspiring to me.
3D Printing was first introduced in the 1980s and since then, it has grown in leaps and bounds. These days, anything can be produced with 3D printing from toys to house hold items to fashion accessories/clothing. 3D Printing cannot be done without Additive manufacturing, because it has played a huge part in allowing rapid prototype design and ideas. With Additive manufacturing, partial or complete designs can be done within weeks, instead of months.
In 2013, Materialise and Looi put on Asia’s first two 3D Print Fashion shows in Malaysia and Japan. The following year, Geek Picnic in St. Petersburg, Russia also, showcased some 3D printing from, clothing to electronics etc. This year, Boston will host its first 3D Printing Jewellery competition courtesy of Design Museum Boston, New England’s only design museum.
On April 16th, 3D Print Fashion show was presented by 3D Print Week New York and 3D Print Design Show at Javits Convention Center, where top 3D print designers from around the world will the showcasing original design pieces inspired by 3D printing to the public for the first time. Designers like Aaron Trocola, Andy O’Mara, Dilek Sezen, Bradley Rothenberg, Francis Bitonti, Heidi Lee, Melinda Looi and a host of others. Below are some of my favourite designs. Enjoy:
Some of my favorite accessories:
Looks like 3D Printing is not only here to stay but, also here to make fashion more adaptable and sustainable, which is very exciting because I love and I am excited with the idea of Sustainable Fashion. Now, I don’t know about you but I am looking forward to trying my hands at 3D Printing a few of my designs in the future.