Feb 25, 2016 | By Tess
This past New York Fashion Week brought us some stunning 3D printed works of fashion, such as Ohne Titel’s 3D printed chain-mail pieces, and design collective threeASFOUR’s mind-boggling pair of 3D printed dresses. While NYFW showcased and focused our attention on 3D printing in fashion, another fashion designer from across the globe has attracted our attention with her stunning futuristic and 3D printed pieces.
Czech fashion and costume designer Monika Vaverová, founder of MIMO, who earlier this fall unveiled her stunning and partially 3D printed Eagleborg costume, was one of the first Czech artists to bring 3D printing technology to the runway. The designer, who has always been inspired by science fiction and fantasy, found her calling in the creation of futuristic costume and fashion design and has used 3D printing to both integrate technology into her practice as well as create forms and shapes that would be impossible with more traditional materials.
Eagle Borg, which resembles a sort of human, eagle hybrid, was specifically designed for Czech singer Markéta Poulíčková, who wore the intricate costume this past October at Fashion.stl, a tech-inspired Prague based fashion show. The outfit consists of a lycra and leatherette white and gold body suit and a 3D printed eagle-like headpiece, and a 3D printed, feather-like shoulder covering.
To acquaint herself with 3D printing as a technology and as a means of design, Vaverová enlisted the help of Martin Žampach and Tomáš Kubata of YSoft be3D, who helped with the design consultation and 3D modeling of the project, respectively. be3D, a Czech based 3D printing company, also took care of the additive manufacturing which was completed using their DeeGreen 3D printer and 28 ounces of PLA material.
“It was my very first work with be3D printers,” said Vaverová. “Getting familiar with [3D printing], however, was a very inspiring experience for me. It’s definitely not the last time that I will use this technology in my work.”
The entire process of conceptualizing, designing and creating the Eagleborg costume took a total for four months, and while Vaverová herself plans to use additive manufacturing in her future work—in fact she is already working on her next sci-fi inspired 3D printed garment—she does not believe it is the future of mainstream fashion manufacturing. “I see the role of 3D printing primarily not in the fashion industry but in healthcare,” she explained.
While her prediction remains to be seen, there is no denying that 3D printing has at the very least offered fashion designers the opportunity to create unique pieces that defy the limitations of fabric, and is heading the way for smart clothes. For Vaverová, smart garments are on the agenda as she is working towards becoming better acquainted with the necessary technologies through contacts like be3D.
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