Nov 16, 2016 | By Tess

Arguably one of the most fashion-forward and provocative luxury design labels in the world, Alexander McQueen has not only consistently put out stunning and boundary-pushing garments, it has also made a name for itself through the inclusion of technologies in its designs. In 1999, for instance the fashion house used two robotic arms to spray a white cotton dress worn by model Shalom Harlow with black paint, and in 2006 the design label stunned audiences with a holographic Kate Moss on the runway. Now, the British design house has made another foray into the technological world with the unveiling of its “black skull” umbrella, which features a 3D printed handle that fits perfectly into a clenched fist.

Spring/Summer 1999; Autumn/Winter 2006/7 

The unique umbrella, which is part of Alexander McQueen’s Autumn/Winter 2016-17 collection, consists of a black canopy patterned with the label’s iconic skull motif and, as mentioned, a stunning 3D printed silver handle which was ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in one’s fist. In fact, the handle design itself was based off of 3D scans of a human hand, which were used as models and 3D printed to test and ensure the handle’s comfort.

In creating the striking umbrella handle, Alexander McQueen collaborated with Berlin-based company VOJD studios, which specializes in luxury 3D printed accessories and which impressed us earlier this year with its Akris collaboration. The umbrella, which is available in limited quantities, marks the first time that 3D printing technologies have been used for the series production of a high-end fashion product that is commercially available.

The “black skull” umbrella with 3D printed handle also features a wrap-around press stud fastening engraved with the Alexander McQueen insignia, tonal stitching, and automatic collapsing. In terms of material, the canopy is made from a resilient nylon material and the 3D printed handle is made from silver tone brass, which explains its eye-catching and mirror-like shine.

As mentioned, the newly released umbrella is available in limited quantities, and is retailing for $595 through online retailers such as SSENSE. While not everyone will be eager to dish out nearly $600 for an umbrella, the gorgeous accessory would help you to stay dry in what is guaranteed to be the most stylish way. Additionally, thanks to the ergonomically designed 3D handle, we dare the wind to try and rip the umbrella out of your hands!



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