Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen’s Fal 2013 collection hit the Paris catwalks and featured 12 pairs of 3D printed shoes.
The new collection, entitled “Wilderness Embodied”, was inspired by nature and the 3D printed shoes were designed by Dutch architect and shoe designer Rem D Koolhaas, the Creative Director and Founder of United Nude. The shoes feature an intricate lattice that winds around the foot that is based on tree roots.
“For me, fashion has always been about setting your own boundaries and making a statement,” explained van Herpen. “This time around, Rem and I wanted to create something that echoed the beauty and wilderness of the natural world, so we decided to use the technological capabilities of 3D printing to bring this concept to life through a pair of shoes.”
The shoes are 3D printed with the multi-material Stratasys Objet Connex and Objet Eden 3D printers. Stratasys say that the shoes were 3D printed with 16-micron layer precision using the Stratasys PolyJet 3D printing technology, with rigid black (VeroBlack) and white (VeroWhite) opaque materials.
van Herpen, 29, is a former intern of UK designer Alexander McQueen and studied at Artez Institute of the Arts Arnhem before starting her own label in 2007. Her designs are a favorite of Lady Gaga.