3D printed “Smoke Dress” hits the Volkswagen catwalk in Frankfurt
Dutch fashion-tech designer Anouk Wipprecht unveiled a very unique 3D printed dress at the Volkswagen booth during the lnternational Motor Show (lAA) in Frankfurt in September 2013. In collaboration with .MGX designer Niccolò Casas, and 3D printing company Materialise, Wipprecht created this innovative, interactive 3D printed “Smoke Dress” as part of a special eight-piece fashion collection for Volkswagen.
The Smoke dress is embedded with proximity sensors and a back-mounted, 530 gram, smoke system, and it automatically creates a veil of smoke whenever someone steps into the personal space of the wearer. Silicon-based smoke fluids ensure that the perfect density of smoke is created.
Made out of polyamide and TPU 92A-1, the first fully-flexible 3D printing material, the dress was produced by Materialise to both provide support to the embedded sensors and smoke system, as well as to have the look and feel of ultra-futuristic fabric. Designers used Materialise’s 3-maticSTL software to create an assembly system for the five different pieces of the dress, and then use Materialise’s Magics software to fix and prepare the design file for 3D printing with laser sintering.
“With interactive designs, the intimate space around the wearer is not that often explored, and with projects like the 3D printed Smoke Dress, I like to create a new kind of dialogue – between our bodies and our surroundings.” says Anouk Wipprecht.
Anouk Wipprecht is an artist, designer, curator, and lecturer who works in the emerging field of “fashion-tech” – a rare combination of fashion and engineering, science, and interaction. Wipprecht’s designs create a connection between technical fabrics and elements that are brought to life by diverse effects. Her pieces have been shown at exhibits and events around the world. For the 2011 “Super Bowl” performance of the “Black Eyed Peas”, Wipprecht designed the eye catching outfit for the band’s lead singer Fergie.