Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A 3D Printed Dress @ NY Fashion Week (2016): ‘Oscillations’

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Oscillations:  A 3D printed dress made its debut at New York Fashion Week (2016); made by threeASFOUR, it is part of its Quantum Vibrations collection and is called “Oscillations.” Luke Dormehl of Digital Trends writes about it: “The dress itself was created in collaboration with regular threeASFOUR partner designer Travis Fitch, along with 3D-printing company Stratasys. It is composed of 30 separate multi-material, multi-color 3D-printed parts, assembled from 270 design files.”.
Photo Credit: Jan Klier

I do like the colour and the geometric patterns, which provide the dress a fractal feel. Along with the mathematical precision, both the blue colour and the shape are aesthetically pleasing to the eye. This is really avant-garde fashion, in the truest sense of the word, and brings dress-making into another era, another realm, if you will. Nicely done. 

For now, such dresses as “Oscillations” are show-pieces, part of haute couture fashion shows and not hanging in people's closets. 3D-printed clothes will, however, eventually make its way to store shelves, but it will take a few years. A more interesting future is where 3D printers will complement or replace sewing machines, and where people will make their own 3D printed clothes at home. This, however, would require the printing of natural fibres like cotton, which currently is not possible with this technology

Below is another photo showing the dress in sharper and clearer detail.

Photo Credit: Tess

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