Unaccustomed to attending any fashion show, let alone a 3D printed show, we were surprised and perhaps even shocked to see startling works displayed on the runway by professional models.
The works ranged from simple accessories, such as bangles or necklaces, to highly complex headdresses and apparel that defied description. We noted audience members wearing 3D printed adornments. Even the live band (above) got into the 3D printed spirit.
There were highlights, such as the radical work above. It is believed to be the very first color 3D printed item to appear in a 3D print fashion show. The work, entitled "Mech-ganical Prosthetic Life Form" by designer Steven Ascensão, was printed on the MCOR Technologies color 3D printer, the same unit being used by Staples 3D print service. Ascensão says:
I was really intrigued about paper 3D printing and its capabilities. I have used another technology for colour 3D prints but was not able to achieve a great resolution of the coloration. With such a detailed model both concerning its geometry and poly-paint, I was intrigued by how Mcor Technologies could achieve this. I was also fascinated by the ability to change the properties of an Mcor paper 3D printed model depending on the finishings used. For example, one can achieve a glossy, hardened look mimicking the appearance of marble, or make the model soft and flexible, like silicon. I am quite pleased with the result.
Another highlight was Joshua Harker's incredibly complex and delicate headpiece, Quixotic Divinity. Harker says:
This headdress is meant to present the wearer as a grand vehicle for the spirit. Inspired by Native American Indian, Latin and African headdresses and masks, this piece is intended to celebrate the symbolism and ceremony of human adornment.
Numerous other works were presented. We've prepared a selection of images to show some of the pieces below.