If you're anything like me, then the whole idea of 3D printing goes just a little bit beyond you. Obviously you understand the basic concept, but 3D-printed makeup? 3D-printed cars? 3D-printed dresses? 3D-printed everything? It just seems a little implausible, not to mention a little "robots are slowly taking over the world"-ish, but maybe that's just me. Clothing is inherently creative and dreamy. It's hand sketched and hand sewn and created for the trend-loving masses. How could a 3D-printed garment ever be able to replicate that? Well, design company Nervous System has created a first-of-its-kind 3D-printed dress, and it's pretty awesome.
Granted, the item has so many holes in it that the models have to wear bodysuits underneath to, you know, cover up the goods. Still, overall the dress is super chic. The cut is classic while still remaining trendy and it moves and flows like any other dress would — and the latter is what truly makes it unique. As a Mashable article mentioned, 3D-printed clothing of the past "barely moved," which didn't make it very realistic for everyday wear. While Nervous System's hole-y dress may not be 100 percent wearable for everyone, it's certainly getting closer. If you were scrolling through any other clothing site and saw it in the mix, you wouldn't notice anything different.
So what does this mean for the future of fashion? Well, I'm certainly no expert, but if I had to guess what everyone was wearing on that space station at the end of Interstellar, it was probably a version of this dress. Picturing Matthew McConaughey in the Nervous System dress now? Yup, me too. But I digress — what this dress really means is progress. For creative types who love fashion, something like 3D-printed dresses might seem a little scary; why play into the computer-generated world when hand-crafted fashion is so wonderful?
New styles in fashion will always exist, so we might as well embrace a little change. I don't know about anyone else, but any invention that allows for more clothes to be available is something that I can't really argue with — even if it is covered in holes.
Interested in learning more about Nervous System's dress? Here's a video to show you how it works.
Images: Nervous System