The new advancements in 3D printing and technology has also affected the fashion industry worldwide. Also the innovations have hit ramps all over the world and been incorporated in the collection of well known designers such as Iris Van Herpen, Chanel and Noa Raviv are some among many others to name. The Dutch fashion designer Iris Van Herpen has recently launched another stunning collection of 3D printed dress. The designers 3dprinted dresses are best to be suited for the runway or even the museu, may others are making efforts to use the technology to create wearable fashions for more everyday needs.
Although these innovative and desirable dresses have not been easily accessible or wearable till date. The MODECLIX project at the University of Hertfordshire (UH) in UK has recently unveiled a new prototype collection of wearable 3D printed garments. The project was centralized on inventing 3D printed textiles that possess similar qualities to a cloth and has created a number of garments that are both wearable and customizable. The emphasis is very much on wearability of the 3D printed clothes.
Dr. Shaun Brostrock, who is an Associate Dean and Head of the Digital Hack Lab at the UH developed and also an architect of MODECLIX in collaboration with 3D design expert Mark Bloomfield of Electrobloom, that is 3D printed of jewelry. The MODECLIX project was instructed to successfully develop item of clothing that are customizable and wearable. According to Shaun, the wearability issue was addressed by designing and 3D printing textiles that have flexible movement and is a replica of the traditional cloth and believes that the complex design involved in making the garments represent a breakthrough for garment technology and 3D printing. The initial approach of the 3D printed dress was to recreate and interpret weaves, stitch and knit patterns to make flowing, flexible 3D printed textiles.
The MODECLIX collection features eight dresses and two head pieces textiles that are printed in pieces rather that in a one piece garment, it also allows to customize the clothing to any size or shape during the 3D designing process or even after the printing. The 3D printed textiles can easily be colored and dyed and can be adjusted and connected by attaching the links of the textile by hand. The fabric is produced on a industrial 3Dprinter – the EOS Formiga, which processes a white Nylon Powder.
The printing time of the dress varies depending on the complexity, but on an average it takes 62 hours to print enough components of the complete dress. Once printed, the components are cleaned, vibro finished and hand dyed and then constructed using traditional dress making techniques using a dressmaking stand to drape and form the pieces, linking panels together to create the final form.
“Previous 3D printed designs have been mostly conceptual pieces that are solid, with little or no movement. We have strived to create stylish 3D printed garments that have sufficient movement to ensure they are fluid, eye-catching and comfortable to wear. These prototypes are made, dyed and finished by hand and our aim now is to produce them for a wider market,” Dr Borstrock said. “It will only be a matter of time before we see 3D collections on the high street and 3D printing technology in stores as part of everyday life. We’re pleased to be part of the movement that is exploring how this might become a reality.”
Mark Bloomfield adds, “I’ve spent the last 25 years exploring how technology and 3D printing can enhance production techniques for jewellery and accessories, and this has been a fantastic opportunity to take this research even further. There is a huge amount of potential to develop complex construction techniques that defy traditional pattern cutting and create garments that are multi-functional, customisable and wearable.”
The elegant collection designed to flatter the natural body shape without compromising on style or comfort will be officially unveiled on April 21st at the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South Africa International Fashion Film Festival. The collection will also be available to view online as of May 1st on MODECLIX’s website.