It’s been hard to miss the excitement across the world about Marvel’s latest superhero movie, Black Panther. Head Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter’s luscious costume design has taken center stage. In order to bring her otherworldly blends between traditional African designs and the futuristic elements of the highly developed Wakanda civilisation to life, Carter approached Julia Koerner to collaborate on cutting-edge wearables for Queen Ramonda. Julia Koerner is an inter-disciplinary designer, experienced in architecture, industrial and fashion design, and specialized in 3D-printed wearables.
The art of making lace is complex and labor-intensive, and dates back centuries. It also has a strong history in both Italy and Belgium, which makes the collaboration between Italian knitwear foundation Lineapiù, knitwear manufacturer Maglificio Miles, and Materialise all the more natural.
Hoet Design Studio’s Cabrio G, a collection of sunglasses for design lovers, comes from a unique inspiration: luxury cars. The prototype of Cabrio G was unveiled at the Brussels Expo 2016, in the company of the Rolls-Royce and McLaren cars that had inspired it. Now that the newest Cabrio collection has just hit stores, take a look at what happens when inspired design meets innovative manufacturing.
Fashion can be provocative, inspiring, political and revolutionary – but it is never boring. We experienced this first-hand when we attended the fashion show of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp last week. Antwerp has long been the fashion capital of Belgium, and young designers from all over the world study at the renowned Fashion Department of the university; at the end of the year they get to present everything they’ve learnt on a real catwalk, with the Master’s students presenting an entire collection.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has finally opened the doors to its latest exhibition: Manus x Machina, the Costume Institute’s new tour de force curated by Andrew Bolton. The exhibition explores the complex dichotomy between handmade haute couture and machine-made prêt-à-porter, and how the boundaries between the two are growing increasingly blurred. Several 3D printed dresses made in collaboration with Materialise have been featured as part of the exhibition’s exploration of technological innovation used in fashion. Let’s take a look at some of them in more detail!
The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is opening the doors to its 2016 spring exhibition on the 5th of May. Entitled “Manus x Machina” and curated by Andrew Bolton, the exhibition promises to be a rich display of innovative couture, featuring fashion powerhouses such as Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Iris van Herpen, Issey Miyake and Balenciaga.
3D printed dresses created in collaboration with Niccolo Casas and Materialise Iris van Herpen never fails to deliver when it comes to creating an entire sensory experience quite like no other during Paris Fashion Week. I thought that the last show I attended, Biopiracy, would be hard to top as it featured top models vacuum sealed in plastic as the center piece around which the models showed her latest designs. But, since the Lucid collection marked Iris’s exploration of lucid dreaming, a state in which the dreamer is conscious of the dream state and therefore is able to exert a degree of control on what is happening, I knew that this would be an experience to remember. I was not disappointed as the designs, setting and music put the audience in a dream-like state, and models appeared as ghosts behind 17 large optical light screens (OLF).
How is 3D Printing going to change the world of fashion? We asked New York-based fashion collective threeASFOUR, who recently won the prestigious Fashion Design Award by the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. “In a way similar to how Lycra entered the fashion industry in the ’80s, radically evolving how clothes were made and how garments behave,” says Gabi Asfour, one-third of the threeASFOUR trio. “3D Printing is going to take the industry multiple steps ahead in terms of form and function.” That’s also aptly close to how we feel about threeASFOUR, looking at their innovations since they began collaborating with Materialise early into their 3D modeling departure.
We often see examples of how 3D Printing enables amazing cross-disciplinary collaborations. Adding to that list, 3D Printing went over to the fashionable side at the Mercedes Benz Berlin Fashion Week, when Austrian designer Marina Hoermanseder displayed a unique piece created in collaboration with architect Julia Koerner. Amid a strikingly vintage-meets-modern collection, Marina produced the most vintage-meets-modern piece of them all: a corset, re-imagined and re-invented. Here’s what happens when fashion and architecture meet 3D Printing.
Fashion designer Melinda Looi’s new ‘Gems of the Ocean’ collection includes one of the world’s first full-length gowns to be 3D-printed as a single part. It also comes with unique 3D-printed accessories straight out of a mermaid’s world. So what does it take to make a collection like this one? A highly skilled team of 3D modeling wizards celebrating all the design freedom offered by 3D Printing! Here’s how they did it – and here’s why even a 12-core CPU with 64GB RAM can seem like it’s not enough computing power sometimes.