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Haute couture embraces 3D printing

posted 22 August 2016 at 19:35:41

If you’re interested in 3D printing and fashion, and if you’re lucky enough to be visiting New York in the next few weeks, make sure to visit the Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Showcasing a century’s worth of landmark haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear costumes, it signals the acceptance of 3D print in the fashion industry, with 3D printed works by Chanel, threeASFOUR and Iris van Herpen on display. Three of the Chanel suits shown above incorporate 3D printed elements: The original Coco Chanel suit (far left) apart, the remaining three suits feature SLS printed 'quilted' polyamide or polyamide overlay layered with hand-stitched crystals, trims and embroidery. 

Above, the finely pleated, organic form of Iris van Herpen's stunning SLS printed polyamide top is teamed with a leather skirt with acrylic fringe.  

Alongside the exquisite handmade pieces in the exhibition, the machine-made ensembles with 3D printed elements are equally breathtaking, proving that machine-made couture can be just as dazzling as handmade couture.

You’ll have to be quick if you want to catch the exhibition, though. It closes on 5 September.

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