3D printing has become fashionable, but this is definitely the first. Hong Kong-based fashion art house Shigo has created a 3D-printed dress, made almost entirely from the3D printing pen. The only parts of the dress that are not hand printed are the buckles that hold it together.
The team started with a paper template, cut out in the shape of the dress. This provided a “base” for the print, allowing the plastic to be printed in exactly the form the dress would take when worn on the body.
The pattern of the dress is based on two different types of seashells, woven together to form a kind of PLA lace. Each type of seashell was a different color: steel blue for the fan-shaped shells, which formed a panel on the front and back of the dress; and Diamonds & Pearls, for the snail shell-based side panels.
When the dress was finished, and the 3Doodled buckles firmly on the sides of the dress, so the wearer could slip into it and adjust it like armor, the paper was removed, leaving the 3D lace shape perfectly intact.
“This is the first collaborative project for Shigo, it took three months from design preparation, pattern creation, production of the base for 3Doodler, trying to get familiar with using 3Doodler, adding a 3D effect on the dress, etc.” Shigo’s team wrote. on his official website. “We want to share the result with people or even provide it as a source of inspiration.”