Feb 17, 2016 | By Tess

With New York Fashion Week in full swing and both well established and up and coming designers showcasing their latest Fall Winter 2016 collections, 3D printing seems to be the word on everyone’s mouth. Earlier in the week fashion collective threeASFOUR wowed audiences with their stunning and complexly designed 3D printed dresses, and now womenswear label Ohne Titel have showcased their latest collection, which features pieces made with the help of 3D printing technology.

The Ohne Titel FW collection, unveiled on the runway on Tuesday February 16th, was inspired by the texture and colors of moth wings, which was apparent in the label’s dark, textures, and flowing designs. The pieces were made using a combination of materials and fabricating techniques, including weaving, knitting, and 3D printing, which made for a visually and haptically engaging collection.

Ohne Titel founders and designers Flora Gill and Alexa Adams, both of whom have worked for such illustrious fashion houses as Helmut Lang and Karl Lagerfeld, collaborated with designer Chester Dols, a graduate in Computational Fashion, and 3D printing service Shapeways to bring their designs to life.

Many of the pieces that went down the runway were made using a combination of 3D printing and knitting as the designers created a modern looking chain-mail like material by 3D printing small rings and knitting them together using a crochet technique and 3D printed closures.

“I love the unexpected mix of old-world and futuristic manufacturing,” says Flora Gill. “We looked to chainmail structures for inspiration and elongated our “chains” to make a herringbone structure. It’s interesting to work with 3D modelers and the printers to see what is possible. 3D printing in some ways has limitless potential, but it is still very beta. We found many parallels with knitting technologies. In the beginning of our careers, it was usually difficult to computer program intricate knit programs. Now knitting machines are easily programmed and the techniques they create would have been unimaginable 10 years ago. We can’t wait to see what will be possible for knitting and 3D printing in the next 10 years.”

The closing look of the show, perhaps the most striking, was a white flowing dress made from the 3D printed rings and knitting, with thick leather straps. The dress was worn over a black bodysuit to accentuate the garment’s versatile texture and paired with over-the-knee black and white boots. For this piece, Shapeways 3D printed the chain-like pieces with their Frosted Detail Plastic material, a semi-transluscent 3D printing filament.

As New York Fashion Week for Fall Winter 2016 continues on until February 18th, we expect to see many more wonderful fashions appearing in the coming days, and are hoping for more impressive applications of 3D printing. After all, the possibilities are virtually endless.



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