Wednesday, October 23, 2013

3D Printing and High Fashion

Call it Techno-couture.
First up, from
Dutch fashion-tech designer Anouk Wipprecht unveiled a very unique 3D printed dress at the Volkswagen booth during the lnternational Motor Show (lAA) in Frankfurt in September 2013. In collaboration with .MGX designer Niccolò Casas, and 3D printing company Materialise, Wipprecht created this innovative, interactive 3D printed "Smoke Dress" as part of a special eight-piece fashion collection for Volkswagen.
The Smoke dress is embedded with proximity sensors and a back-mounted, 530 gram, smoke system, and it automatically creates a veil of smoke whenever someone steps into the personal space of the wearer. Silicon-based smoke fluids ensure that the perfect density of smoke is created.
Made out of polyamide and TPU 92A-1, the first fully-flexible 3D printing material, the dress was produced by Materialise to both provide support to the embedded sensors and smoke system, as well as to have the look and feel of ultra-futuristic fabric....MORE
If you are more old fashioned (orprefer your clothes not look as though they are on fire) there is last spring's '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.