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!
Far from its days as a niche technology, 3D Printing now accounts for more than 90% of the world’s in-ear hearing aids: and that’s just one example of how 3D Printing is making waves in the manufacturing sector across diverse industries. At Materialise, we’ve announced five major eyewear manufacturing projects in the past year alone, in addition to several 3D-printed fashion collaborations and other consumer products.
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).