Fashion often embraces new techniques, and 3D printing definitely is one of them. Designer Bradley Rothenberg has debuted a series of 3D printed textiles at the New York Fashion Week. The series was a collaboration between Rothenberg and Katie Gallagher and Katya Leonovich. They officially debuted it on September 9. The striking thing about this ‘3D printing meets fashion’ project is that the clothes actually seem to be wearable. Most often, 3D printed fashion projects end up being interesting pieces of art worth looking at – but Rothenberg seems to take a leap.
He created, inter alia, a fully wearable tanktop as well as 3D printed details for skirts and jackets. The reason why his clothes are actually wearable – and comfortable as well – is that he used flexible materials such as thermoplastic elastomer and thermoplastic polyurethane.
Rothenberg is co-founder of the Bradley Rothenberg Studio, with offices in Broadway and New York. This studio wants to combine 3D printing technology and fashion in order to create clothes, jewelry and several accessories. Despite their alternative approach to fashion – or because of it – they have been working together with many innovating fashion brands.
Currently, there are a lot 3D printing projects to combine the technique with fashion. One of the last projects we reported about come from a Chinese art house, called SHIGO. This studio created a dress using the 3Doodler pen. It took them as many as three months to create the dress.