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On May 6, 2019 New York City’s Met Museum hosted its annual Met Gala. An A-Z of fashion and fame, celebrities including Lady Gaga, Janelle Monae, Jared Leto, Harry Styles and Anna Wintour graced the red carpet, sporting ostentatious designs on this year’s theme of “Camp.” One attendee however was something that few others might’ve expected. With the help of GE Additive and Protolabs American fashion designer Zac Posen brought 3D printing to the party.
Several outfits, worn by the likes of 2012 Spiderman Andrew Garfield, British model Jourdan Dunn, and Indian film actor Deepika Padukone featured the technology. One standout piece was Canadian actor Nina Dobrev’s entirely 3D printed bustier dress, inspired by the look of Cinderella’s glass slipper.
Interview - Glamour - Magazine - Posen - Printing
In an interview with Glamour magazine Posen said, “I’ve always wanted to work with 3D printing to push the boundaries of art and fashion.”
The fashion of 3D printing
Thanks - Designers - Iris - Van - Herpen
Thanks to pioneering designers like Iris Van Herpen, 3D printing is no stranger to fashion. In fact the technology, due to its flexibility, has become a focus and inspiration for many emerging designers including Mingjing Lin and House of Anesi founder Stephania Stefanakou. The technology is also a regular of many film set costume departments, most notably of late helping in the fabrication of the Academy award winning mantel and crown worn by Queen Ramonda in Marvel’s Black Panther.
In many ways though, Posen’s statement Met Gala pieces are like nothing the 3D printing industry has seen before. Each one takes advantage of the technology’s ability to create entirely entirely unique, and even form-fitting shapes, with incredibly high geometric complexity.
Pieces - Met - Gala - Debut - Monday
One of the pieces make its Met Gala debut on Monday was Posen’s rose gown. As worn by Dunn (above), this dress is composed of 21 individual petals, 3D printed in Accura Xtreme...
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