Tech & Fashion Join Forces

Neta Soreq

Technology has invaded fashion! Shoes, jewelry and even ready-to-wear fashions are experimenting with 3-D printing techniques. Neta Soreq of Energetic Pass created this sculptural high heel pump with flexible springs for a whole new walking experience that puts a bounce in your step. Dutch designer Iris van Herpen created a stir a couple of seasons ago with her innovative “haute couture” designs featuring innovative techniques and materials. Some of those pieces will be part of the exhibit #techstyle at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (through July 10, 2016). The exhibition explores the synergy between fashion and technology and how it is not only changing the way designers design, but also the way people interact with their clothing.

Nervous System

New England design studio Nervous System designed this kinematic petal dress especially for the #techstyle exhibit at MFA, Boston.

Ilabo By Ross Lovegrove

Industrial designer Ross Lovegrove conceptualized this high platform sock bootie as a mesh shroud covering the foot and sole like a curtain for Ilabo.

Wonderluk by Emily Sato

British based company Wonderluk has been at the forefront of promoting 3-D designed product by various designers. Mobile phone covers have been particularly popular.

Nervous System

Bold yet lightweight white necklace with matching bracelet plays with amorphous negative space cutouts.

The watchband becomes an interchangeable modern jewelry cuff bracelet. Designed with skin-centric tool Tactum at Madlab.

L: Christophe Lhote R: Wonderluk by Alessandra Antonetti

3-D designed bracelets have evolved from concept to fashion jewelry with contemporary appeal combined with commercial viability.

L: Under Armour / Courtesy Dezeen R: New Balance / Courtesy Dezeen

Ath/leisure footwear has started to embrace 3-D design techniques to create innovative sole treatments. Under Armour’s red wedge heel adds soft bounce and the contrast white spider web bottom on a New Balance athletic shoe was designed by Nervous System.

Lionel T. Dean / Courtesy Dezeen

An 18 karat gold ring by Lionel T Dean was designed using the 3-D printing technique. The printer generated the original mould which was then used to reproduce the ring in gold via the century old lost wax casting process.

United Nude / Courtesy Dezeen

Architect Rem Koolhaas has always challenged designers to push boundaries, and he asked many to conceptualize new footwear silhouettes for United Nude. This sculptural high wedge was designed by Francis Bitonti using 3-D printing technology.