This Fashion Collection Was Entirely 3D Printed

by Stephanie Chon

From printing out three-dimensional organs to 3D printed jewelry, 3D printing aficionados have clearly explored the many possibilities of the technology. 3D printed clothes have also had their share of the limelight, but an entire 3D printed fashion collection takes it to the next level. Recent graduate from Israeli university, Shenkar College of Design, Danit Peleg created her entire graduate fashion collection using laser work and 3D printing technology.

On her website, Peleg described how 3D printing was fairly new to her, but after working with a few experts, she was able to produce the first piece of her ready-to-wear collection — the Liberte jacket. With a deep neckline and a structured outline, the jacket looked very similar to a chic blazer. Using Eugène Delacroix's painting, Liberty Leading the People, as her source of inspiration, Peleg created the outerwear by linking various 3D printed triangles. The best part about her collection is that the silhouettes are not at all "out of style" and they are all very much trendy.

As she was first embarking on her exploration of 3D printed clothes, she immediately noticed that most PLA filament produces fairly stiff clothing. So after testing out a variety of different filament, she ended up choosing FilaFlex because of its fabric-like qualities.

Using the fashion design software called Optitex, she was able to create 3D graphic renditions of her designs and transfer them to the 3D design software, Blender. Peleg described the finished products looking, "a little bit like lace," and she said, "it moves beautifully."

In her YouTube video 3D Printing Fashion: How I 3D-Printed Clothes At Home, she shows various models wearing pieces from her collection, which revealed how they flow, fit and look. At the very end, Peleg spoke about the more real world application that her collection brought light to, "Just imagine the potential. If you're cold, print your own jacket. Traveling with no luggage? Just print your clothes in the hotel room," and she ended with this great question, "Will we soon be able to design, share and print our own clothes directly from home?"

Looks like it'll definitely be a reality soon.

Images and video: Courtesy of Danit Peleg