3D-printed couture: the next stage of design?

Friday, March 14th, 2014. Filed under: Beauty & Style Home & Garden Offbeat Science & Technology
The Bristle Dress by Francis Bitonti and MakerBot © Chris Vongsawat; Hair/Makeup: Aviva Leah.

The Bristle Dress by Francis Bitonti and MakerBot
© Chris Vongsawat; Hair/Makeup: Aviva Leah.

(Relaxnews) – Cutting-edge clothing just got sharper, thanks to the creation this week of the Bristle Dress, a fully 3D-printed couture garment.

Produced as part of designer Francis Bitonti‘s workshop “New Skins Brumal Bodies: Computational Design for Fashion Winter 2014” in New York, the dress was fabricated using MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop printers.

Students at the workshop explored different techniques to create volume through the use of 3D printing, using natural PLA Filament for the upper part of the dress, due to its translucent qualities. The skirt was created using MakerBot Flexible Filament before being lined with synthetic fur.

The result is a flexible yet highly structured garment that combines both artificial and natural textures.
The dress is customizable and available for download from the website Thingiverse.com so it can be 3D printed at home.

“What’s so exciting about the Bristle Dress is the way it showcases how versatile and artistic 3D printing can be,” said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “Its fluidity and movement surrounding the body and head are really beautiful and it’s exciting to see our products used to bring fashion design into the next era.”

The Bristle Dress will be shown at the New York MakerBot Store during the month of April and then exhibited atRavensbourne College of Design and Communication in London this summer. To register for The New Skins Workshop in San Francisco or London, visit francisbitonti.com.


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