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Iris van Herpen’s Hybrid 3D Printed Dress Hits the Catwalk

| 3D Printer Material, Fashion, News | July 4, 2013

Iris van Herpen 3D Printed Dress

The dress features 3D printed parts combined with traditional dressmaking techniques. Photo: Materialise

Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen showed her new Wilderness Embodied Collection on the runway at Paris Fashion Week. The collection was inspired by “Wild Nature” and featured fully 3D printed shoes as well as a hybrid 3D printed dress.

The hybrid dress combines transparent stereolithography pieces and traditional dressmaking craftsmanship to produce a garment that looks like it can actually be comfortably worn. As compared to the uncomfortable looking fully 3D printed dress that Dita von Teese modeled a couple of months ago.

The fine bone-like pieces in Herpen’s dress were 3D designed in collaboration with Isaie Block, a Belgian architect and CG artist, and optimized using Materialise software. The pieces were then printed using Materialise’s Mammoth Steriolithograhpy using a clear liquid resin.

After printing the transparent pieces were painstakingly molded in silicon by Herpen’s design team which took several weeks to complete.

“Thanks to 3D printing the dresses are seamless and made to measure. It is exciting working with Iris van Herpen to bring her complex geometrical designs to life; 3D printing does what no other form of clothing manufacture can do when complex shapes need to be created quickly and as one piece.” says Sven Hermans, Account Manager for Materialise.

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