Science has always played an important role in aiding fashion design.
At Paris Fashion Week, designer Iris van Herpen showcased her multi-material 3D printed clothing in her SS13 collection titled ‘Voltage’.
Iris van Herpen is the first designer to have created clothes with a 3D printer, and for her SS13 show presented another world exclusive. The first flexible 3D printed dress; integrating the ideas of movement and technical innovation into fashion design.
A first of its kind on the catwalk, Dutch designer van Herpen's eleven piece collection featured two 3D printed outfits - a cape and a skirt, and an intricately designed dress.
The skirt and cape were produced using Stratasys’ unique Objet Connex multi-material 3D printing technology, which allows a variety of material properties to be printed in a single build.
The Object Connex platform is the first tool that allows artists to customise shape and structure at the same time.
The use of multiple materials within a 3D printing process is unique to Connex. It allows designers to define specific ‘Digital Materials’ in a process similar to existing CAD tools that can be applied to the different parts of the 3D shape they intend to print.
The designs were created with Neri Oxman and Keren Oxman from MIT Media Lab and with the support of Materialise and architect Julia Koerner.