Saturday, January 23, 2016

3D Printing Comes Into Its Own: Fashion!

I know it's not advanced metalworking but it is still damn interesting technology.

Berlin Fashion Week debuts Michael Michalsky's 3D printed lifelike mini mannequins
3D printing technologies are making a big splash at this years Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, though not on the catwalk as you might expect. That is to say, reputable German fashion designer Michael Michalsky, founder of the high fashion label MICHALSKY, has put together an exhibit which showcases his couture being worn by miniature 3D printed mannequins.
The 3D printed dolls, more accurately called Pandoras or “poupées de mode”, measure only a foot in height and are reminiscent of the 17th century miniature fashion mannequins that couturiers and fashion designers traveled around with to display and sell their designs to various royal courts and clients around the world.

The exhibit, called Reality and which features 15 of the 3D printed, quite life-like, dolls each wearing one of Michalsky’s most recent designs, is being held at the Anna Jill Lüpertz Gallery in Berlin and will be exhibited until the 29th of January.
Michalsky, who is perhaps still best known for his major stint working as Adidas’ Worldwide Creative Director from 1995-2006, has since started his own label “MICHALSKY” under which he has undertaken some remarkable and innovative fashion projects, ranging from high fashion design, to corporate fashion, to interior design.
Notably, the designer has also gotten involved in the 3D printing industry in significant ways, as in November of last year it was announced that he was taking on the role of creative expert at Düsseldorf based 3D printing tech company, DOOB GROUP AG, which specializes in 3D scanning and the manufacturing of 3D printed selfie figurines called "DOOBs"....MORE

3D Printing and High Fashion

UPDATED-- Dita Von Teese Models 'World First' Articulated 3D Printed Dress Based On Fibonacci Sequence
From HuffPo UK:

Dita Von Teese has unveiled the world's first fully articulated dress produced with a 3D printer.
The gown was designed by Michael Schmidt and Francis Bitonti and revealed at the the Ace Hotel in New York.

Created with the help of Shapeways, a company which lets designers sell objects which are printed on demand with industrial-scale 3D printers, the dress is based on the Fibonacci sequence of numbers.
Shapeways said:

"The gown was assembled from 17 pieces, dyed black, lacquered and adorned with over 13,000 Swarovski crystals to create a sensual flowing form."...MORE
DVICE is reporting:
Contrary to other reports, this 3D-printed dress is not the first of its kind. (Freedom of Creation made one back in 2006.) However, it is the first one to be designed on an iPad and sport over 13,000 Swarovski crystals.* It's also specifically made for Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese, meaning it won't fit your body no matter how hard you try to squeeze into it....MORE
I'm betting it is the first 3D printed dress based on the Fibonacci sequence.
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