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!
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.