3D Printing Hits Fall 2013 Fashion Week

Nemo is not the only storm to hit Fall 2013 Fashion Week. For the first time, we are seeing a true collision taking place in the worlds of fashion and 3D printing.

In NY, Kimberly Orvitz has partnered with Shapeways to produce a line of 3D printed jewelry, which models wore as they sashayed down the runway at her February 7th show. The six piece jewelry collection is available for purchase at Shapeways, and ranges in price from $35 to $250.


Photo courtesy of Shapeways.com

As stated on the Shapeways’ website, Orvitz took inspiration from the exoskeleton to create a collection which will “mold to your body like armor.”

And Orvitz is not alone in exploring 3D printing this Fashion Month. In Paris, Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen has used 3D printing to produce 3 pieces of his 11 piece collection, which is on display now. Van Herpen says, “I find the process of 3D printing fascinating because I believe it will only be a matter of time before we see the clothing we wear today produced with this technology…and it will be a great source of inspiration for new ideas.”

The skirt, dress, and cape were produced in collaboration with artist Neri Oxman of MIT’s Media Lab, Austrian architect and UCLA lecturer Julia Koehner, 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys and software company Materialise. Following fashion week, the skirt and cape will be displayed at MIT’s Media Lab.


Photos courtesy of Stratasys Ltd/PR Newswire

Innovation begins with education. This is something that rang true for the team behind the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), which marks it’s 25th anniversary this year. What started as a discussion between Mode Collective, The Architect’s Newspaper and public relations firm Tobin and Tucker on the role of education at the ICFF, evolved into DesignX. […]


  1. […] those championing this innovation is Dutch designer, Iris Van Herpen, who debuted  the first 3D printed collection in Paris this past January. His pieces were created with TPU 92A-1, a material developed by […]

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