Back in 2011 TIME Magazine named Iris van Herpen’s 3D printed dress one of the 50 Best Inventions of the year 2011 . Iris van Herpen is part of Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture and known for pushing the boundaries of materials and design within the fashion industry. Last January she presented two new innovative 3D printed textiles during her ‘Voltage’ presentation during the Haute Couture Paris Fashion week.
Together with Materialise and architect Julia Koerner, Iris van Herpen developed a black lacey dress that looks like a web woven over the body. From a distance the material looks like delicate textile fibers carefully intertwined and handmade. But this is in fact a 3D printed dress made from lasersintered plastic.Van Herpen developed this innovative new textile, called TPU 92A-1 and it is being billed as the first printable material that is flexible, durable enough to be worn – and to be put in the washing machine.
This year, architect Francis Bitonti and fashion designer Michael Schmidt collaborated to make a dress for burlesque diva Dita Von Teese. She wore the garment to the Ace Hotel in March for a convention hosted by online 3D printing marketplace, Shapeways. The dress consists of 2,500 intersecting joint pieces that were linked together by hand. The finishing touches — a black lacquer coating and 12,000 hand-placed Swarovski crystals
Maybe in a few years, we will all be able to scan our body and print directly from internet the clothes we just bought.
Luxury marketing student