3D printed plastic hits Paris fashion week
European Plastics News staff
Posted 24 January 2013
Dutch designer Iris van Herpen sent models down the runway at Paris Fashion Week wearing outfits made out of thermoplastic polyurethane.
One model wore a skirt and cape printed by using Stratasys’ Objet Connex multi-material 3D printing technology. This technology allowed the designer, working in collaboration with Neri Oxman from MIT, to incorporate hard and soft materials in the design.
“The 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 garment’s form but also its motion,” said Oxman.
Another model wore a dress, designed in collaboration with Austrian architect Julia Koerner and printed by Materialise.