Fashion’s biggest annual event showcases digital design and manufacturing

Published 07 May 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, materials, fashion, protolabs, ge, ge additive, fashion design, met ball

Fashion, that most stubborn of 2D design industries, has relented somewhat to include digital design and fabrication methods for this year’s Met Ball - the most globally gossiped about celebrity frock fest.

Most notably taking advantage of 3D printing and scanning were dresses and accoutrements by American designer Zac Posen, who dressed British supermodel Jourdan Dunn, actresses Nina Dobrev, Katie Holmes, Julia Garner and Bollywood icon, Deepika Padukone.

The garments and accessories differed from full rose petal dresses to delicate cufflinks - with the production and materials blending with traditional fabrics and dressmaking to blend (rather than the typical ‘statement’ 3D printed piece usually consisting of a geometric shape, built of Nylon and plonked on someone’s head for the sake of it).

Teaming up with GE Additive and Protolabs, the story of three of the key pieces is below:

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