You may or may not have heard of new designer Danit Peleg but her Graduate collection of 5 pieces made entirely by using 3d printing techniques is worth a look. The designer describes the reason for doing this on her website;
"I believe that technology will help democratize fashion and give designers more independence in the creation process"
As the FashionLondon magazine lead writer for fashion technology, I am also keen to spot the new trends and techniques that effect the fashion industry.
There are more and more inventions and technological ideas that influence, improve and promise to change the way we admire, purchase and consume fashion and the last few years has seen funding go into new companies looking to do this.
One of these technological advancements is the emerging technique, 3D printing. Described on www.3dprinting.com as "...a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file."
Although there are different printers that result in similar results the main process looks like this; make a virtual image using Computer Aided Design (CAD) technology, use a 3d modelling program or a 3d scanner and then load onto a 3d printer. Once ready this will slice the parts into printable pieces and print it out so it is ready to be assembled.
So what does this mean for us as lovers of fashion? What does it mean for producers of fashion? Is this the way forward? In the same way that we now purchase music and videos by buying them online and downloading them at home, will this be how we now buy our clothes? Will we now be downloading our wardrobe? I look forward to seeing how this idea develops.
Abi the fashion blogger