“Smoke Dress” Hits the Volkswagen Catwalk

During the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) in September, a very unique 3D printed dress was unveiled. Designed by Anouk Wipprecht in collaboration with .MGX designer Niccolo Casas, and 3D printed by Materialise, the “Smoke Dress” automatically creates a veil of smoke whenever someone enters the personal space of the wearer. The dress was brought to life as part of a special eight-piece collection for Volkswagen, and was showcased in a series of runway shows at their IAA booth.

Anouk Wipprecht is a fashion-tech designer, known for her innovative pieces which combine fashion with engineering, science, and interaction. For the 2011 “Super Bowl” performance of the “Black Eyed Peas”, Wipprecht designed the eye catching outfit for the band’s lead singer Fergie. The Smoke Dress is Wipprecht’s exploration of interactive designs and the intimate space around those who wear them.

Materialise 3D printed the Smoke Dress in polyamide and TPU 92A-1 (the first fully-flexible 3D printing material) to both provide support to the sensors and smoke system that are embedded in the dress, and to have the look and feel of ultra-futuristic fabric. Materialise’s 3-maticSTL software was used to create an assembly system for the five different pieces of the dress. And Materialise’s Magics software was used to fix and prepare the design file for 3D printing.

Many thanks go to Rein van der Mast for bringing Materialise in contact with Anouk Wipprecht.

For further details about the Smoke Dress.

To see the Smoke Dress for Volkswagen in action, we invite you to watch the video on YouTube: