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3D Printing promised lots of potential in the fashion industry years ago but has yet to truly make a massive mark on the industry. Initial designs wielded astonishing results but failed to make it much further than the catwalk. Product prototypes meant that accessories and smart products could be easily designed and printed to create fast fashion but there has not been any larger successful gamrnets make a huge mark. Fashion is fast and unforgiving and it seems to have moved on from pushing plastic designs into the highstreet despite 3D Printing doing well in other industries.
The Fashion statement of the future is arguably the smart products that accessorise and add convenience to our lives and because of this 3D printed and personalised accessories around these products are doing well. Dita Von Teese modelled a fully 3D printed dress over 3 years ago and although the dress made headlines its favour faded as fast as it had been begun.
Material used to create 3D garments may is one of the major issues for 3D Fashion, no one wants an uncomfortable or inflexible main garment, the synthetic plastic look is not a conventional style that will take off on the high street. The unbreathable fabric often finds itself stuck in the balance between too frail or too thick. Designing software for 3D printing is still in its infancy and designing 3D printing for fashion is even more so.
3D Printed Garments do not weather all storms nor allow flexibility or movable. Centuries of time has been invested in creating effective and efficient methods of weaving and forming products that work for our bodies including our day to day lives and our skins needs. 3D Printing is not going to achieve the same as its predecessors overnight. Skilled designers have found a thousand ways to make clothes work better for us, we haven’t had the same degree of knowledge, investment or understanding of both 3D Printing incorporated into fashion.
Most women have at some point found themselves in some loathly unbreathable garment - not just because it’s on too tight but because the garment in total is too clingy! Plastic is not a forgiving fabric. All 3D printed clothes have holes in them, it’s not just for sake of fashion but the need for the skin to breathe.
If you want to spend silly amounts to be uncomfortable and overheated that’s your business. Extra effort is put into every design in an attempt to make it breathable and flexible but most designs only look suitable to hold oranges in on the way back from a grocery shop. Why pay good money for something shortly for the bin?
Hopes for the Future
There are those who hope that 3D printed garments will take off in future and that designs will simply be uploaded online and printed in store or at home, made to measure the consumer. However at this point in 3D Fashion it is a far away notion. What are your thoughts on 3D Fashion? Do you hope it lifts off in future? Or do you think it has a long way to go?