Jun 16, 2016 | By Tess

The Royal Academy of Fine arts in Antwerp is one of Europe’s first and most reputable fine arts schools. Having attracted talented artists and painters since the 17th century (including the one and only Vincent Van Gogh!), the school’s more recent claim to fame has been through its Fashion School. Notably, in the early 1980s, the Antwerp Six, a group of forward thinking fashion students, which included the famous Dries van Noten, broke onto the world fashion scene with their avant-garde designs, and since then, the school’s fashion output and students have never ceased to impress.

Most recently, we learnt about Dávid Ring, a third year bachelor student at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts’ Fashion School, and were especially impressed with his eyewear collection. In line with the forward thinking and avant-garde philosophy of the fashion school, Ring opted to include what is doubtlessly one of the hottest and most technologically innovative trends in fashion right now: 3D printing.

Ring’s eyewear collection, which was additively manufactured in collaboration with Belgian 3D printing service Materialise, was featured at the Royal Academy’s Fashion Show last week along with other students’ designs. And while the clothes were certainly impressive, the 3D printed luxury glasses were arguably the show stealers.

According to Materialise, Ring got into contact with their consumer 3D printing service, i.materialise, earlier in the year to help in the manufacturing and realization of his end-of-year collection. When they 3D printing service recognized the potential of his designs they set up the third-year fashion student with Nils Faber, the company’s concept designer. By combining Ring’s design savvy and initial concepts with Faber’s 3D design and printing know-how, the two were able to put together a stunning collection of five 3D printed sunglasses.

Photos by: Paolo Vergalita

For the additive manufacturing of the collection, i.materialise used two different 3D printing techniques. As they explain, Stereolithography (SLA) was used to produce the transparent lenses, while the matching frames were manufactured using Laser Sintering technology. In the end, the stunning sunglasses were fully 3D printed, not even requiring hinges or extra assembly, and each pair was made with a different brightly colored finish.

During the fashion show, after the first and second year bachelor students impressed with their designs, Ring’s sunglasses and his classmates’ garments took to the catwalk. Their year’s theme was ethnical costumes, which resulted in a number of provocative, politically charged, and creative pieces. Of course, the 3D printed sunglasses were the icing on the cake, as they certainly helped to draw the looks together, and brought some avant-garde edge to the fashion event.

Photos by: Robert Weinraub



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