A new phenomenon is rising: 3D-PRINTING. Where this technique was already used for quite some time in architecture, mostly used to make 3D-models and maquettes to improve the designprocess for architects, has now become more familiar with other industries such as fashion. This is resulting in a revolutionary way to design and produce fashion. One of the most innovative fashiondesigners at the moment Iris van Herpen, who presented a totally 3D-printed dress in January 2012 for her Escapism Collection, was recently named one of the 50 Best Inventions of 2011 by TIME Magazine.
Combining design with technology, Dutch couturier Iris Van Herpen’s fantastical dresses are initially planned in Photoshop. She then works with an architect to develop a 3-D model, which is printed onto a polymer over the course of a week, resulting in a ready-to-wear dress that is an exact replica of the original sketched version.
Another event showing off the possibilities of mixing technique with fashion was the Hats off to 3D-printing Fashion Show, which was shown during the Materialise World Conference 2012 in Belgium. The 3D-printing hat designcontest was organised by i.materialise.com CHECK IT OUT!