Jul 14, 2016 | By Tess

While 3D printed fashions are taking off on the runway, it is equally exciting to see how additive manufacturing technologies have been incorporated in fashion schools. With prospective fashion designers being introduced to the technology early on in their careers, we can only imagine the potentials of the next big names of 3D printed fashion design. Perhaps one of those names will be Monika Januszkiewicz, a fashion student from the University of Huddersfield in the UK, who dove head first into the world of 3D printed fashion for her final project.

Monika, a student in Fashion and Textile Buying Management, became interested in 3D printed fashion over the course of her last year of school while researching her dissertation and despite not having much experience with the technology, she decided to push her own boundaries and commit to a 3D printed piece for her final project.

The project, which took an impressive two months to come together, consisted of creating a concept for an app that would allow users from all over the globe to interact with each other and share their fashion designs and digital models. For her app, Monika set out to explore what it would mean or how it would work for people to be able to download clothing designs from the app and print them directly at home. To demonstrate her app’s concept in the most visual way, Monika decided to design and 3D print a dress.

To help her in her undertaking, Monika enlisted the help of 3D printing service Materialise and 3D designer Piotr Dziubek, who helped the fashion student to turn her sketches for the dress into a workable CAD file. In researching 3D printed fashions, Monika also came across one of our favorite designers, Dutch-born Iris van Herpen, and was inspired by her innovative designs and 3D printed garments, especially in the way of materials. That is, Monika chose to work with Materialise’s flexible TPU 92A-1 material, which van Herpen has worked with before.

The dress design itself was inspired by dragon scales, and the final product is made up of an impressive 2000 interlocking 3D printed scales (or petals). With the design freedom afforded by 3D printing technologies, Monika was able to create the dress to her liking and was able to break through conventional fashion barriers. In fact, her final project was so impressive that ambitious student received top marks from her teachers.

And who knows, perhaps one day in the near future we’ll even get the chance to use her innovative app to print our clothes as easily as ordering apparel online.



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