As a programmer, it’s probably normal to ask the question, “What can happen when fashion meets technology?” Well, this is already happening in many ways, but one of the most interesting is, in my opinion, the idea of printing my clothes.
3D Printing and the Fashion Industry
3D printing is no longer a science-fiction subject. Slowly, printers of this type have also made their way into the fashion industry. Is it possible for us to print our clothes at home in the next few years? … Definitely!
The first attempts to achieve this were not completely successful. Large companies such as Nike and Adidas, as well as artists like Michael Schmidt, Francis Bitonti, and Iris van Herpen, are experimenting with this technique to take the clothing to the next level. Inspired by them, a fashion design student, Nadir Gordon, wanted to create a garment inspired by the waves that collapse on the coast, but using traditional manufacturing methods it was almost impossible for him to implement his idea. Thus, with the help of a friend, Jonathan Guerra, a 3D printing expert from Panama City, Gordon managed to design his dress in less than a day. The clothing was divided into 14 different pieces, which were then printed and melted at certain points in order to be joined together.
According to the model, the garment was well fitted and relatively comfortable. However, the way the pieces were joined did not give it much resistance, and the dress broke at some point. Even after the joints have been reinforced, the dress still remains a catwalk dress, and can not be worn in everyday life. Therefore, the most used 3D printed articles remain accessories such as shoes, handbags, and jewelry.
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The first articulated, 3D printed dress, worn by Dita Von Teese
There was Michael Schmidt, who managed to create the first articulated 3D printed gown for the burlesque icon, Dita Von Teese. Schmidt designed a gown inspired by the mathematical formula known as ‘The Golden Ratio’, a spiral that historically is said to quantify the ideal proportions of beauty. He partnered with an architect named Francis Bitonti and together, they managed to make a printed dress that achieves malleability due to the 3,000 articulated joints. The gown was printed in 17 sections which were then dyed, lacquered and joined together. As a finishing touch, the dress was embellished by hand with over 12,000 Swarovski crystals.
“This technology allows you to create items that are limited solely by your imagination” – Michael Schmidt
The connection between fashion and technology does not stop there. If you are curious, there will be more in another post. You can follow me on social media to keep up with the latest news 😀