ART 544p: Developing alternative materials

3D Printing Fashion

3D Printing is one of the new technics that’s interred the fashion world slowly. Some big well known brand are experimenting the new technology such as Nike and Adidas. However,  creative fashion designers are already showing their 3D design in their catwalk such as Nadir GordonMichael Schmidt, Francis Bitonti and  Iris Van Herpen
Nadir Gordon: a Panamanian fashion and textile design student that got inspired by the waves and created a 3D printed swimsuit.


To create the design she needed a little help from a friend. Jonathan Guerra a 3D printing expert from Panama City, Panama helped Gordon to designed the dress. It took them less than a day to make the design. Guerra used a Sketchfab model for this job, which helped him a lot. They used PLA material, the decided the dress into 14 different parts, and then printed them on a 3D printer. The total printing time was 70 to 90 hours. After all parts were printed, Guerra fused the different parts together using soldering iron.
Micheal Schmidt, Francis Bitonti: Micheal Smith worked with New York–based architect Francis Bitonti to create a dress for Dita Von Teese made entirely from a 3-D printer, the size of the machine is the same as a refrigerator. After Bitonti knows Smith’s vision, the dress was printed in 17 different sections containing over 3,000 pieces made from nylon using a process called selective laser sintering (SLS).

Iris Van Herpen: She is very famous of her unique 3D printing designs.  From now until May 15, 2016, the High Museum of Art will be showcasing Iris van Herpen work. The exhibit, titled Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion. She said that using the 3D printer helping her execute complex designs that are hard to do with the traditional way. 


Other 3D printed fashion:


For any fashion designer, to print their design they need to collaborate with Professional that can translate the design into the software to be printed.

For my project, I collaborate with Kristine Belknap a graduate software engineer student. She is helping me using the 3D printer to print my garment.

First Design 

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Second Design

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Fiber Optic Fabric 

The fiber optic fabrics are lightning fabric that made from ultra thin optical fibers woven in to a synthetic fibers. Using LED lights the fibers carry the light from bone end to another


Rachael Reichert - Fiber Optic Fabric corset dress



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