The simple black dress (pictured above) is not particularly avant-garde, but fashion critics are fascinated by the way it was made.
The dress, as well as a structured skirt and cape (pictured below), were designed asÂ part of Iris van Herpenâ€™s Haute Couture show â€œVoltage.â€ According to a news release, the collection came about in collaboration with Austrian architect Julia Koerne, and Materialize,Â a Belgian-based company that provides additive manufacturing software and solutions.
The pieceâ€™s intricate lace-like texture was created in a process known as â€œlaser sintering.â€
The second ensemble, a cape and skirt, was created in collaboration with artist, architect, designer, and professor Neri Oxman from MITâ€™s Media Lab. After the show, the 3D printed fashion collection will be exhibited at MIT.
AÂ StratasysÂ Objet Connex 3-D printer manufactured the pieces, which is why a variety of material properties could work into single build. This allows both hard and soft materials to be incorporated within the design.
â€œThe ability to vary softness and elasticity inspired us to design a second skin for the body acting as armor-in-motion; in this way we were able to design not only the garmentâ€™s form but also its motion,â€ said Oxman in a statement.
He added that these new technologies enabled the reinterpretation of couture as â€œtech-couture,â€ where â€œdelicate hand-made embroidery and needleworkâ€ is replaced by code.