May.7, 2012

TIME Magazine names Iris van Herpen's 3D printed dresses one of the 50 Best Inventions of 2011 - Iris van Herpen has brought 3D printing rapidly into the fashion world.

"When I started with fashion, I was really thinking out of materials. I started out of hand work as if hand work and materials were my biggest try at that moment, and with those two elements I tried to make fashion in a sense that it is more free that it is only to wear, and for me it's still a part of art."

"With the 3D printing, it's another whole process again. It is a totally different look, normally I do a lot of handwork and moulage, now I use the computer to design."

"3D printing freed me from all physical limitations. Suddenly, every complex structure was possible and I could create more detail than I ever could by hand." said van Herpen to Wired.

Lady Gaga and Björk are two clients of this 27 year old designer. She has made nine 3D printed pieces manufactured in materials ranging from plastic to rubber and metal. For her first Couture showing in Paris, van Herpen worked with architect Daniel Widrig and used rapid prototyping technology to create her 3D printed collection "Escapism Couture". Her design were 3D printed using a nylon polymide material. However Van Herpen believes that fashion should be an artistic expression, not just about new and innovative techniques. So instead she combines handcrafted pieces with 3D printing and you can see her vivid "larger-than-life vision" in her designs.

What is your suggestion for a young designer?
Iris van Herpen: "My suggestion for a young designer would be follow your instincts and not think too much, but really follow your instinct."


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