Abbey Delaney April 17, 2015

Melinda Looi's technological breath taking collection entitled “GEMS OF THE OCEAN”

Coral Boleros - Come alive with Swarovski embellishments

For the second time, Belgium 3D printing powerhouse Materialise and multi-award winning fashion designer Melinda Looi have teamed up to launch yet another artistic and technological breath-taking collection entitled “GEMS OF THE OCEAN” at Meckler Media’s 3D Print Week, New York.

For this collection Melinda Looi teamed up with Samuel Canning of Griffith University. Canning an expert in 3D print design developed the technical concept as well as modelled the undisputed highlight of the collection and what is probably one of the world’s first full length 3D gowns, printed in a single part. The gown which was specifically folded to fit into the much smaller 3D printing machine, came out of the machine fully assembled and was then finished off by Melinda Looi with over 5000 Swarovski crystals.

When asked what was the biggest challenge to overcome when developing the dress Canning said:

“The Gown represented a multitude of technical challenges. Working with a design visionary, such as Melinda, probably the single challenge that encompasses the whole project was creating a design the captured the magic of Melinda’s concept, whist developing a design outcome that was in every way suitable for 3D Printing. This project has been fascinating, and beyond doubt, been the highlight of my design career.”


Inspired by the iridescent shades of the sea and the tropic colors of coral reefs, Melinda brings to life such an exotic world with this collection, GEMS OF THE OCEAN – one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring wonders of the nature, with sparkling crystals set in flowy chiffon and lace in the colors of the sea. The collection consists of Coral Boleros (Shoulder pieces), Dive into Me (Gowns), Coral Colonies (Shoes), Swim Corals Swim (Bracelets) and Whisper to me (Earrings).

”The Ocean has always held a certain allure to me. I'm not the strongest swimmer, but I will never forget my first snorkelling experience in the crystal clear water on a beautiful island west cost of Malaysia. There is something so magical about the vibrant colours that transmute and ‘dance’ in gentle waves that wash over reef systems in clear seas. I wanted to bring the enchanting underwater world to the land above.”


This collection comes as a continuation of Materialise and Melinda Looi’s first project together showcasing the first 3D printed fashion show in Asia back in 2013. The re-sounding success of that collection, which has up to day been shown in numerous countries such as USA, UK, Singapore, Japan, India, China and Australia, resulted in both parties entering into an over a yearlong development process by a team that was literally spread all over the world. “We are committed to accelerating the implementation of 3D printing technology around the world and believe that our collaboration with Melinda Looi will help to create interest for the endless ways how 3D printing allows to break traditional product design barriers and inspire any industry to apply 3D printing in developing unique and individual designs,” said Wim Michiels, Executive Vice President Materialise Asia. In true fashion industry manner, with the collection just launched, the team is already working on the next project, beginning to develop commercially viable products as affordable prices points in form of fashion accessories, which will then be available for sale.  


The people behind the collection:

  • Design & Creative Concept - Melinda Looi (Malaysia)
  • 3D Printing – Materialise (Belgium)
  • Technical Concept & 3D Modeling V-neck Gown – Samuel Canning (Australia)
  • 3D Modeling Accessories – Kaecee Fitzgerald (Australia)
  • 3D Modeling Shoes – Tony Mun (Malaysia)
  • Model Scanning – Daniel Siri (Italy)
  • Model – Eleen Yong (Malaysia)

About the 3D Printed Collection – Gems of the Ocean

Inspired by the iridescent shades of the sea and the tropic colours of coral reefs.

  • Coral Boleros (Shoulder pieces)– Come alive with Swarovski embellishments
  • Dive into Me (Gowns)- V-neck gowns with more than 5,000 crystals molded into printed ‘fabric’ which ends in lacy hems that swirl like the eddying tides
  • Coral Colonies (Shoes)– Shoes that bathe your feet in sparkling light
  • Swim Corals Swim (Bracelets)– Meld together hundreds of beads to lie so softly and seductively on your wrists
  • Whisper to me (Earrings)– Loop-on ear accessories that will encase you in the sweet murmurings of the sea

For more information, please visit Melinda Looi's website. For more information about 3D Printing in Fashion, please visit the Factory for 3D Printing.

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