We're turning to some of the high-tech strides that the industry has made over the last few years—particularly in the realm of 3D-printed fashion.



5 Pieces of 3D-Printed Fashion You Can Actually Wear

After a month of full-on fashion hysteria, you’re probably feeling like you’ve just about had it with all things sartorial. And we hear you—we’re currently flirting with the idea of shock therapy to rid our dreams (re: nightmares) of SS17 trends. Extreme, maybe. Effective? Incredibly. But instead of abandoning fashion entirely until we’re fully recovered, we’re turning to some of the high-tech strides—specifically in the realm of of 3D printing—that the industry has made over the last few years. The best part? The five pieces below have major real-world potential—if your taste tends to skew towards the exotic, that is.

1. Iris van Herpen’s 3D Printed Crystalline Dress

Iris van Herpen is the queen of 3D-printed fashion. Period. You could even consider the Dutch designer one of its pioneers; she’s done with 3D printers what Yves Saint Laurent did with the Le Smoking suit and Dior with his “New Look”: redefining the way we dress, one expertly executed piece at a time. While “The Skeleton,” an anatomically inspired dress from Iris van Herpen’s 2011 couture collection, “Capriole,” is certainly one of her most iconic pieces, we’re partial to this 3D-printed crystalline number from her SS15 collection, “Magnetic Motion,” if only because it gives new meaning to the term ice queen. 

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2. Dávid Ring’s OTT Sunglasses

Throwing shade is about to take on new meaning, thanks to the genius of Antwerp Fashion Academy student Dávid Ring. The recent graduate teamed up with i.materialise to create these statement-making sunnies. 3D-printed, they incorporated techniques like Stereolithography for the lenses and Laser Sintering for the frames.


3. Marina Hoermanseder and Julia Koerner’s Smock Corset

In case you haven’t heard, corsets and harnesses are currently having a major moment in fashion—and they’re not even all of the S&M variety. During Berlin Fashion Week, designers Marina Hoermanseder and Juia Koerner debuted a 3D-printed vest created using a stereolithography process. The two-part piece was then galvanized by an Italian company, lending the high-tech top a pretty badass look. 


4. threeASFOUR’s Pangolin Dress

Introducing the Pangolin dress, the result of a collaboration between threeASFOUR and designer Travis Fitch. One of two 3D-printed pieces that popped up in the label’s Biomimicry collection, the Pangolin dress—which looks more like a piece of 30th-century body armor than a cute look you’d wear on your next night out—featured 14 different patterns and a nano enhanced elastomeric material that was woven into interlocking weaves, biomimicking natural animal textures.


5. Chromat’s Adrenaline Dress

Coming from a background in architecture, Chromat designer Becca McCharen likes to think that each of her pieces has a unique structural language—one that can be enhanced by innovative engineering. Case in point: the Adrenaline Dress. Casually adorned with 3D-printed carbon fiber wings that expand in reaction to adrenaline spikes in the wearer’s body. “Just like in architecture, buildings do work for the user — they open and close, they keep them cool…,” McCharen told News Advance, “I expect clothing to work for the body in that same way.” Well then I guess we can consider this a mission accomplished. An aside: we think this dress would make a great alternative to a can of pepper spray.


Images via Slate, Materialise, Vice, 3D Printing Industry, The Memo, and News Advance. 

Stay tuned to Milk for more on 3D-printed fashion.

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