Photo corsets wholesale The Kinematics dress, a3-D printed dress created by designers Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg, on display at the Museum of Modern Art. Credit Steve Marsel/The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Committee on Architecture and Design Funds It is only a coincidence that the opening of the 3-D Print Design Show on Thursday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York should coincide with the start of New York International Bridal Week, whose runway shows will be held farther up the Hudson River at Piers 92 and 94 and elsewhere in the city.
But like long gown dress vectors meeting on a map, these two events are connected by new high-tech design and manufacturing techniques that are bubbling up into the consciousness of the bridal industry and other parts of the fashion world. What bride does not want a wedding dress that not only offers a perfect fit but is unique to her?
A number of designers and companies are experimenting with clothing and accessories created on 3-D printers, which can be programmed to combine layers upon layers of material into a one-of-a-kind object or garment.
It was only last month ytuyikuoll that Xuberance, a Chinese manufacturer, broke ground with the 3-D printed wedding dress it introduced at the TCT Show in Shanghai. Xuberance is not expected at this pair of New York shows.
Continue reading the main story Nevertheless, the idea of creating 3-D printed clothing and accessories will be out front at a runway show Thursday night that will be a centerpiece of the Print Design event. Among those whose work will be on display are Melinda Looi, whose Malaysian fashion company has a bridal line; Bradley Rothenberg of New York, who has designed for Victoria’s Secret; and the Czech designer Denisa Nova.
Custom-printed wedding dresses, along with headpieces, floral headbands and customized jewelry and other accessories, are clearly on the minds of a number of vendors at the Javits Center.
Photo Credit Dorian Geiger “We wanted to showcase a lot of different looks from the designers,” said Natacha Alpert, the 3-D show’s curator. “I see 3-D printing linking to the wedding fashion industry for brides and consumers. The main reason is customization.”
“Melinda Looi makes bridal gowns and she does a huge bridal collection,” she said. “Her 3-D-printed dress is not designed as a wedding dress, but when you see it, it could be very easily. It’s all white and it’s a full-length gown.”
Continue reading the main storyJessica Rosenkrantz, a founder and creative director of Nervous System, a 3-D design house in Boston, said she agreed that customization is key to the appeal of 3-D design.
“In terms of the wedding gowns, I think that in some ways 3-D printing makes a lot of sense because it’s all about making fully customized things,” she said, “and often there’s ways to get the customer involved in the design process more than you would.”
Ms. Rosenkrantz and her co-designer, Jesse Louis-Rosenberg, have created a prototype called the Kinematics dress, which is part of an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. While Ms. Rosenkrantz said she did not expect to see anyone walking down the aisle in this particular creation, it did demonstrate the possibilities of fully customized clothing.
“You might go into a wedding salon where you might pick out a dress from thousands of different kinds available, but you can’t get it sort of co-designed with the designer,” she said.
With 3-D printed designs, a designer and a customer can “put in their parameters for how the dress ought to work,” Ms. Rosenkrantz said.
“You can go in and tweak the hemline, and the shoulders and everything, and also have it 100 percent fit,” she said. “That’s sort of the next level of customization.”
But at what cost?
“People spend $5,000 to $20,000 sometimes on a single gown for their wedding, so that sort of fits in the 3-D printing price range,” she said. “Because the price point of 3-D printing is so high, I kind of envision one of the few actual applications of this in the near-term future is for things like wedding dresses that are already very expensive and customized.”
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“Tech people think they can do fashion and fashion people think they can do tech,” he said. “It’s the collaboration between the two where magic happens.”
Continue reading the main storyAs for this week’s show, he admitted that neither his tracksuit nor some of the other wares that are being demonstrated can be classified as what most think of as fashion. In fact, the majority of the craft’s current pioneers are not fashion designers at all, he said: They are architects, program designers and young, tech-smart entrepreneurs with a start-up background.
“These people that do 3-D printing have zero fashion background, so they approach it purely from a tech angle,” he said. “This is more a showcase of what the technology is capable of doing. We wanted to show stretch and flexibility. I see this as a prototype for sportswear. It’s far away from being commercializable.”
Already, 3-D printed jewelry, sunglasses and high heels have made their debuts on runways from London to St. Petersburg. In 2013, the Belgian designer Iris van Herpen’s 3-D printed dress appeared at Paris Fashion Week.
Later, in New York, the burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese made headlines when she wore a 3-D printed gown that was a product of Francis Bitonti of Brooklyn, another designer who is exhibiting at the 3-D Print Design Show.
Rachel Nhan, 25 and a Texas native, created a 3-D printed chest-piece that will be worn over a hand-sewn dress at the show.
“Other countries are more avant-garde about pushing and showing very unwearable things,” she said. “Now it’s coming to the U.S., and we want to have our own stake in this thing that’s only going to get bigger.”
At a recent visit to the MoMA exhibition, Claire Watson, 58, a local sculptor, was transfixed by the Kinematics dress, comparing it to “body armor.” She admitted to being seduced by the science behind the garment.
“It’s an amazing new age,” she said, adding that she would wear the garment if it were available. “There are things happening with 3-D printers that we can’t even begin to see.”
Continue reading the main storyAs of now, most 3-D clothing is made with hard plastic or nylon that is meant to mimic actual fabric, but is still uncomfortably rigid. For the Kinematics dress, Ms. Rosenkrantz and her co-designer spent a year coming up with its 2,279 triangular panels interconnected by 3,316 hinges, printed as a single piece in nylon.
While Ms. Rosenkrantz said she does not think 3-D printed fashion is a fad, she is aware that it is also not yet truly viable.
“The materials that you can 3-D-print are not particularly comfortable,” she said. “You need different materials, things that are softer and better approximate fabric.”
” You also need cheaper machines,” said Ms. Rosenkrantz, who noted that the 3-D printer that produced her dress costs roughly $1 million.