The creative collaboration between Iris Van Herpen and Daniel Widrig resulted in 3D models of intense beauty and intricacy. However, when converting complex designs such as these into a format that can be printed (.stl), errors can appear throughout the design. With Materialise’s Magics software, these errors were swiftly detected and repaired, playing an integral role in the success of the printing process. Practical advice was also available for other aspects integral to the 3D printing process like dimensions and part thickness.

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In the world of fashion, small issues often appear during the final fitting of a garment. With such intricate 3D printed pieces this could have posed a problem, but with engineering services available to lend a helping hand, solutions were quickly devised, created, and delivered. Using 3D scanning technology and their 3D modeling expertise, the engineering services team made the last minute changes necessary to ensure that when it was time for the models to hit the catwalk, the designs were a perfect fit and ready to impress.

And the Critics are Raving

The collection succeeded in dazzling the Paris crowds and has the online fashion world buzzing. As fashion critic Philippe Pourhashemi reported, “I got emotional watching her show and felt transported to a different world. Her women looked like beautiful insects or seductive creatures hailing from an unknown planet. Her clothes are pure poetry.” Fashionotes.com was left asking whether Iris Van Herpen was on her way to becoming the next Alexander McQueen, further stating that, “If you could choose three words to describe this designer, they would be architectural, luxe, and complex.”

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