3D printed fashion is becoming popular with more and more people getting into it. Institutions like Fashion Institute of Technology, Penn State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Carnegie Mellon University offer Masters in Science and Additive manufacturing degrees that are designed to help future 3d printing fashion designers pioneer new ways in 3D printed fashion.
Most university courses focus on engineering in additive manufacturing and design that prepare students regarding transformational capabilities of 3D manufacturing.
In this post, we introduced the must-know designers who took such courses and have been in the industry for a long time. Here are some emerging designers who are exploring 3D printed fashion technology applications in fashion and accessories design.
James Walsh is a CSM graduate who likes to freeze his designs in time. He likes to create motionless looks in 3D printing in several parts that sometimes take over 372 hours. Most of his work is inspired by static sculptures, Polly Pockets, and Porcelain Dolls. Walsh is heavily drawn to this type of 3D printing designs as they represent timelessness.
In his own words, “As a designer, I am always questioning the importance of longevity surrounding clothing, and wanted to create clothes that could, under the right circumstances, last forever.”
Walsh’s 3D collection is printed using CLO software that allows two-dimensional designs to be sewn together without wasting any material. According to Walsh, “I was able to create my desired shape, drape, and manipulate the garments how I wanted and then essentially print theme out as 3D files.”
Specializing in 3D textiles, Ganit incorporates 3D scanning to create remarkably unique textiles for shoes, jewellery and other wearables. Her journey in 3D printed fashion started at Tokyo university of the Arts where she studied Japanese Ikat weaving. She is also an honorary graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem.
Her work focuses on exploring a hybrid mix of 3D technology and craftwork such as embroidery and weaving. At the Royal College of Arts in London, she is refining her techniques in smart textile development.
Her latest collection ‘WeAreAble’ presents the unique blend of 3D body scan and printing to create transformative new textiles.
Presenting her ideas as ‘wardrobe of tomorrow’ Santos is on a path to creating handprints 3D printed fashion designs that take their inspiration from plants and the fungi kingdom. Santos offers ergonomic 3D designs that complement the elegance of the female body while allowing comfort and style.
In her latest designs, Santos has fused traditional couture with additive manufacturing creating a unique relationship between the wearer, the environment, and the garment. She gained her inspiration and experience for 3D printed fashion at different locations including studying art and design in France and Luxembourg.
Lada Lagina is a 3D printed jewelry designer from California. Her work includes intricate hand work infused with innovative 3D printing techniques. She loves to infuse conventional hand work in jewellery design with cutting-edge 3D printing tools and techniques to ensure that the craftsmanship is retained in the final design. A lot of her designs are inspired by the colors in nature and spiritual reading and knowledge that she amassed over the years.
Did you check out Grimes’s new tattoo, the beautiful alien scars? Niso Quero is one of the artists who collaborated on the project. We wanted to know more about her and discovered that her talents are far diverse than we could have anticipated. For the tattoo, Quero takes the credit for digitally embellishing the design.
Based in Los Angeles, Quero did experiments with graffiti before he turned towards 3D design. His core interests lie in futuristic 3D-rendered designs usually couture and namely corsets. Talking to Vogue, he described his process as: “When I’m designing a piece inside my software, I don’t like to think of constraints. I would rather make it as imaginative and exciting as possible and then make compromises later. But I’ve learned a lot about designing for the body. The process has changed into more of a call and response. When I print pieces, I get a friend to try it on and tell me [if it’s uncomfortable] or unflattering.”
Currently, you can purchase a one-time NQ1 handcrafted chest piece on Quero’s website.
Below are some of Quero’s designs worth noting.
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3D printed fashion is a booming industry with a number of high-profile designers like Iris Van Herpen introducing 3D designs for the mainstream market. If you want to pursue a career in 3D printed fashion, check out our articles for more information.