Dita Von Teese and Victoria’s Secret take technology from geek to chic.
From homemade guns to created body parts, 3D printing and computer aided design have significantly expanded the realm of what is possible.
The rapidly growing technologies have infiltrated the world of fashion and show no sign of slowing down. We have started to see contemporary 3D modelled clothing and accessories hit runways and retailers all over the world.
Nothing quite embodies this fusion of style and technology as much as Dita Von Teese in her custom 3D printed gown. Debuted in New York last year, the dress was created from 3,000 individual components, formed into 17 fully articulated pieces and bejewelled with 13,000 Swarovski crystals. It was built on a computer specifically to fit the contours of the burlesque queen’s body.
Similarly, brands such as Continuum in San Francisco allow clothing to be made by and for the end user. Their D.dress is a customisable garment that anyone with a computer and an internet connection can design. They call it a “user-generated little black dress” and it puts the power to create straight into the hands of the everyday shopper.
Even Victoria’s Secret has jumped on board. At a fashion show late last year, model Lindsay Ellingson flaunted an elaborate 3D printed snow angel corset on the catwalk.
Over here in Sydney, I’ve been pleased to make my very own contribution to the 3D printed jewellery offering. The Negative/Positive collection uses computer aided design to create distinctive forms that are virtually impossible to make by hand alone.
Designs are brought to life on a 3D printer, cast in precious metals and meticulously hand finished. Where possible, a mould is made so pieces can be replicated without being having to be reprinted.
While seemingly precise, each design is the result of experimentation, guesswork and a sprinkling of luck.
Unlike ever before, 3D technologies have allowed designers to push the boundaries and create objects that are limited only by their imaginations. As technology advances, we can look forward to seeing the new and exciting ways that designers will blur the line between high tech and high fashion.