Last year, the biggest story about 3D printers was how they were controversially being used to create weapons. But it turns out the new-fangled technology can make some killer fashion too. Melbourne architecture and design team Kae Woei Lim and Elena Low of XYZ Workshop have won awards for their latest fashion creation; a conversation piece in ode to water and sustainability.
Elena gets technical while explaining that XYZ were inspired by the “electrolysis of water to create hydrogen. The idea that pure clean energy can be a harnessed from water has great potential in the field of sustainable energy.” The design’s open and closed loops are meant embody water molecules as they change and the silhouette is based on a cheongsam so as to fuse both futuristic and traditional fashion techniques. The result looks like something akin to lace created by an other-wordly, underwater creature. As beautiful as it is, we might not be printing our very own clothes at home – surely the modern fashion aficionados dream – anytime soon, as this one piece took took around 170 hours to print!
Would you wear 3D printed fashion?
This behind the scenes film provides a closer look at XYZ Workshop’s 3D printed fashion design.
Photography – Memento Inc.
Model – Amarantha Rayne
Soundtrack – Embers by Fractures
Hair & Make-up: Suggar Beauty