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In 2013 Dita Von Teese, a burlesque dancer was the first celebrity who inspired fashion designer Francis Bitonti to make a fully 3D printed dress modelled just for her. She opened the door for the new generation of fashion designs, and 3D printed garments, that became very popular among fashion designers. 3D printed technologies had made a big entrance to the fashion industry, mostly in the haute couture section, where they brought innovations and unique patterns.

 
One of the reasons 3D technology is so famous in the fashion industry is the possibility to make complex shapes and original pieces. Every garment is personalised, and most of the time for some special occasion. 


From shoes to dresses and, from bags to accessories, one thing designers who use 3D printers don’t have to deal with is waste. That is the second reason why 3D printed garments are more and more popular in this industry. Sustainable fashion is something that we all are aiming for. Reducing waste is a big challenge for the fashion industry, but some designers are willing to take the risk and make a change.

 
How are brands embracing this innovation? What can we print in fashion today by using 3D printers? Such questions might be swirling in your mind. So, let’s find out what every fashionista must know about the new trend.

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What Is 3D Printed Fashion and How Far Can It Go? 

Everything we use on a daily basis to get dressed can be 3D printed. Even though there aren’t any 3D printed garments in our local stores yet, an innovation as such that was brought in the fashion world by 3D technology is very much alive and present. For instance, such creations are the new big thing on cat-walks.

3D printing technologies are getting more advanced by the day. But still, some products are easier to be produced than others. For example, soles for shoes or jewellery are easier to print, than a 3D printed jacket or a dress. 

3D printed garments are still very much challenging to produce because they’re supposed to be flexible, and that’s not an easy task. For the most part, 3D printing is used for e non-flexible parts. This is precisely why 3D printing in fashion is considered a very time-consuming and expensive process. So for a little while, we’re going to watch these magnificent designs, only one the run-ways, galas, and museums. 

Fashion weeks are the birthplaces of new trends and innovations 

Noteworthy 3D Printing Innovations in the Fashion Industry

3D printers are not only used for printing garments in the fashion industry, but they’re also here to bring innovative processes, never-seen-before designs and shapes. Let’s take a look at some of them. 

Balenciaga: Digital Tailoring

The traditional world of hand-made tailoring changed forever in 2018 with Balenciaga’s Autumn/Winter collection. Creative director of Balenciaga wanted to improve the fit of their jackets, so he used 3D scans of the model’s bodies and digitally tailored his entire collection. After printing those, the garments were moulded with light foam. In the end, the fine materials were connected to the foam. 

Because of that new process, jackets from that collection had only two seams, which resulted in even the 3D Printing Industry Award also recognising Balenciaga’s collection. 

Julia Daviy’s zero-waste 3D printed skirt

Stylist Julia Daviy’s is fascinated by the freedom of using 3D printed technology. In terms of material selection, designs and structure, 3D printed garments are part of a new era in the fashion industry

Last year, this designer decided to launch her own 3D printed garment – the skirt made with less than 1% waste during production. Her Zero Waste‘ skirt was entirely made of recyclable filaments, making it as environmentally friendly as possible. 

Custom made 3D printed parts on the dresses are very attractive and eye-catchy 

The Met Gala – 3D Printed Dreams Do Come True

The ‘Met Gala’ is one of the most famous and most significant fashion events in the world. What makes it so important, is the fact that it is organised by the most famous fashion magazine in the world –Vogue and its editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, ‘the devil wears Prada’ herself. Other than that, this event is famous for bringing together celebrities and young designers to promote innovation in design

Last year’s Met Gala brought 3D printing technology combined with the craftsmanship, in the focus of fashion lovers. One of the most incredible designs we witnessed was a “Zac Posen’s” dress that has shown us how amazing the connection between 3D printing and fashion can be 

The uniqueness of the design was even reflected on its name – Rose. Model Jourdan Dunn, wore this garment that consists of 21 3D printed petals. All the petals were fixed on an invisible net, which was made with a 3D printer as well. 

Let’s talk numbers – 700 hours took the 3D printers to make the petals, additional 400 for connecting the whole piece. Rose weighed 13 kilos in the end, but we should also include that the dress is modular, which means it can be longer by adding the petals up to 37 in total. 

Final Thoughts 

In conclusion, 3D printed garments are still on the luxury side of the fashion industry, but it seems that there is a significant potential (maybe not in the foreseeable future) to become part of high-end brands. Until then, we’ll be here eagerly waiting for 3D fashion to grow and develop more.

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