Sep 28, 2014 | By Alec

It looks like more and more fashion runways will be playing host to 3D printing technology in the coming years. After several recent announcements concerning 3D printed clothes – such as Bradley Rothenburg's clothing line, the synapse dress and the seashell lace dress – we can now also report on a whole line of clothing to feature original (and sometimes bizarre) 3D printed outfits.

The line in question is the Spring/Summer 2015 Formula 15 line, by Chromat fashion studio. This young studio already had a reputation for strange and original pieces, as many of their earlier creations featured cage-like constructions and LED lighting that turned quite a few heads. Many of hiphop artist Beyoncé's outfit are designed by Chromat, while Niki Minaj and Madonna have also been seen in Chromat outfits.

However, this new line takes everything to a new level, as numerous outfits are at least partially printed with 3D printing technology. As can be seen, the original shapes, structured lines, scaffolding and cage designs are still a staple in these – sometimes daring – outfits, but now they come in ABS plastic.

As founder and owner Becca McCharen explains, their latest goal is to move beyond traditional materials and production processes. 'Utilizing new additive manufacturing techniques has allowed Chromat to create shapes and volumes that would be impossible to achieve using traditional materials and construction methods. The SS15 Formula 15 Collection imagines a world where clothing will be downloaded online and garments will function as data machines, to both observe, and empower the reality of our bodies.'

And this, Chromat – which is ironically derived from the Greek word for color – does in a very original way. Drawing inspiration from the American artist Sol LeWitt's 'Wall Drawing Series', the Formula 15 line features mesh body suits, chromed dresses, original bustiers and 'android' arms. And as can be seen in the photographs, there is even a facemask for available for an absolutely original look.

Most of these feature 3D printed additions made from ABS, though it currently remains unknown what kind of printer was used. While they will certainly provide you with an interesting look, it remains to be seen how comfortable these printed clothes are. But as McCharen explained in an earlier interview, innovation and originality, rather than wearability, is key:

In the past we've made simpler garments and really simple shapes that are easier to understand and easier to wear, but no one buys those! That's not what people come to Chromat for, so it's actually been surprising to realize that the Chromat customer comes to us expecting innovation and expecting to see weird, strange, new volumes and forms. So we've had the opportunity to continue pushing ourselves and not worry about making anything basic.

And in that respect, they've certainly succeeded.

Also check out Formula 15's runway debut here.

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