What happens when you take a Belgian-based pioneer in Additive Manufacturing (also popularly known as 3D printing) software and solutions and combine it with an Malaysian fashion designer? The results are a spectacular marriage of technology and fashion, as evidenced in Asia’s very first 3D printed fashion show.
The theme of the night was “Birds”. I have always been inspired by these beautiful, flighty creatures that are an amazing engineering feat by Mother Nature herself. I sent a collection of five avian-inspired creations down the runway – Face It (headgear), Stand on Me (wedges), Her Love and Strength (necklace), Let Her Shine (skirt), and Open Wings (cape). Models presented the creations in nude bodysuits, with equally minimalistic hair and makeup so as not to distract from the fascinating details and mechanisms of each outfit.
Each piece took months to design, create, and convert into a 3D file, which was then sent to Belgium to be printed at the Materialise headquarters. The design process has been a real eye-opener and highly educational experience for me. The entire collection took a team of six to eight people to bring to life, including three 3D modellers, two engineers and my own team of course.
This project was challenging because it involved co-ordinating efforts and technical expertise. On the other hand, it was also great fun to be able to work with such an innovative technology. Creating fashion with technology has always been something I wanted to do, so when Materialise approached me with this opportunity, it was like a dream come true! The collaborative effort involving people from different fields and backgrounds truly reminded me that exciting and beautiful things happen when art and technology meet! It is truly a great honour to be the first Asian fashion designer to design a collection using AM technology.
Enjoy seeing photos of Asia’s first Printed Fashion Show here.