Jun.28, 2013

Combining fashion, science and 3D printing technology, London-based fashion designer Catherine Wales has created Project DNA, an 8-piece accessories collection to push the boundaries of digital fabrication within the luxury market.

Inspired by identity and the visual structure of human chromosomes, Project DNA is created almost entirely with individual and interchangeable ball and socket components, using white nylon with a 3D printer.

Wales started by 3D scanning the body of wearer and then imported the data to a 3D modeling software. Each piece can be designed to fit any specific body shapes. Then the 3D model was sent to a SLS 3D printer which laser sinters powdered nylon together.

The Project DNA collection includes a scaffolded corset, a blossoming feathered shoulder piece and a waist bracelet complemented by four transformative headpieces that hide key areas of the face; including a guilded horn and a mirrored mask, and a cut out visor helmet.

3D Printed Feathered Shoulder - Photographer: Christine Kreiselmaier

3D Printed Guilded Horn Mask - Photographer: Christine Kreiselmaier

3D Printed Helmet - Photographer: Christine Kreiselmaier

3D Printed Section Mask (positive) - Photographer: Christine Kreiselmaier

3D Printed Section Mask (negative) - Photographer: Christine Kreiselmaier

3D Printed Corset & DNA Components - Photographer: Christine Kreiselmaier

3D Printed Bra - Photographer: Christine Kreiselmaier

Catherine Wales made her first dress aged nine using a dismantled Butterick paper pattern. Prior to turning her sights to the digital world, Catherine trained and worked with some of the most prestigious fashion designers in the world. As an expert pattern cutter, Catherine originally approached Project DNA with a view to sustainably solve the current complications surrounding garment sizing and manufacturing restrictions. 3D printing allows her to tailor-make designs to fit any body shapes.

Her work, the corset, shoulder adornment and horn mask are on display at the Arnhem Mode Biennale in the Netherlands until 21 July.




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