By Janey Davies | Inside 3DP
It may be a long time before 3D printed clothes hit our stores, but they have been making an appearance on runways for some time now. The latest designer to use 3D printing as a method of creation is Iris van Herpen, who debuted a new clothing line, Magnetic Motion, at Paris Fashion Week yesterday.
The Dutch fashion designer was inspired to use more technology in her garments after visiting the Large Hadron Collider at Swiss scientific research facility CERN. The collider uses magnetic fields of enormous strength to direct particles onto a target. The results of these bombardments can help scientists discover more about the subatomic world.
For Iris however, the trip gave her the idea to use magnets to help ‘grow’ 3D printed garments and accessories.
“I find beauty in the continual shaping of chaos, which clearly embodies the primordial power of nature’s performance,”said Van Herpen, describing her Magnetic Motion collection.
To create her collection, Iris worked again with Dutch artist Jolan van der Wiel. Jolan was instrumental in helping her design a range of magnetic dresses last year. Iris also collaborated with Canadian architect Philip Beesley, an expert in advanced computing, synthetic biology and mechatronics engineering.
The collection was created by 3D printing in metal, and then manipulating the shapes using various magnets. This was to ensure that no two garments were the same. The collection included several dresses, one of which was covered in tiny crystalline formations and designed with the help of architect Niccolo Casas. Other pieces include jackets, skirts, trousers, belts, shoes, necklaces and handbags.
As well as 3D printing, Iris used injection moulding and laser cutting to help finish the items. The materials used included soft and hard plastics and metal. The colours were all fairly neutral to allow the intricate details of the printing to shine through.
This is not the first time Iris has used 3D printing in her work. Last year she won the coveted Golden Eye prize in the Dutch Fashions awards for her collection of 3D dresses.
I’m not so sure we’ll be seeing her creations in High Street stores anytime soon. But it’s certainly fascinating to see how 3D printing is impacting the fashion industry.
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