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3D printed couture – Live

posted 26 October 2015 at 11:39:58

Innovative Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen is no stranger to 3D printing – fascinated with the potential of the technology, she was one of the first designers to adopt it in her work. For several years now, her astonishing, sculptural designs have embraced new technologies. And her Spring/Summer 2016 fashion collection – called Quaquaversal – is no exception. At this month’s Paris fashion week, actress Gwendoline Christie (best known for her role as Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones) had a dress 3D printed on her by three robotic printers as she lay on a circular podium during the show.

The live process blended a combination of techniques (laser cutting, hand weaving, 3D printing) to create the interlaced architectural mesh that formed a circular dress around her that, literally, grew before your eyes. Van Herpen’s inspiration for the collection came from the way plants and their roots grow, inspiring her to make a collection that forms tangled mazes around the body.  

Image: © Iris van Herpen