When most people think of fashion shows they usually picture extravagant dresses, over-the-top footwear, and straps that run in places where they probably shouldn’t. Fashion runway shows are usually quite the attention grabber, with designers trying to outdo one another in terms of creativity.
One fashion studio, Chromat has been creating unique structural fashion apparel since 2010. Started and run by Becca McCharen, the company has used her interest in city maps, wearable exoskeletons and the intricacies of undergarments to come up with some truly unique and awe inspiring designs.
The latest collection released by Chromat is their Spring/Summer 2015, Formula 15 line. It features some very original pieces, that some may even consider slightly bizarre. All items from this collection have just been made available for pre-order via the Chromat website. Most interesting though, is the fact that many of these pieces have incorporated 3D printing into their designs.
“Utilizing new additive manufacturing techniques has allowed Chromat to create shapes and volumes that would be impossible to achieve using traditional materials and construction methods,” explained Chromat. “The SS15 Formula 15 Collection imagines a world where clothing will be downloaded online and garments will function as data machines, to both observe, and empower the reality of our bodies.”
Here are the notable 3D Printed pieces from Chromat’s Formula 15 collection:
3D PRINTED FACEMASK
This piece is quite bizarre indeed. It comes in either black or white, and the mask part has been 3D printed using ABS plastic. It has an elastic cord that holds it to the wearer’s face. While it is quite an interesting look, I doubt we will see too many women walking the streets of New York or heading for a night out on the town wearing this mask. If you think you would be one to wear it, and wish to purchase it, you can expect your bank account to take a $380 hit.
3D PRINTED ODILE BUSTIER
This bustier features black neoprene with 3D printed bra cups. The cups are printed using ABS plastic with a soft neoprene lining. Personally, I think this is quite attractive, but the price tag of $679 might just be slightly out of my budget.
3D PRINTED DIAGONAL TOP
This is quite the attention grabber and if my husband didn’t have a problem letting me out of the house wearing a top that provides all sorts of “nip slip” opportunities, then I would probably fork over the $564 for this piece. It features a 3D printed bra cup on one side, which is printed in a black ABS plastic.
3D PRINTED POCKET SKIRT
We’ve seen several uses for 3D printing within fashion, but I think this is the first we’ve seen of 3D printed pockets. This white neoprene skirt features black ABS 3D printed pockets on each side. It reminds me a bit of the basket weaved gun holders that you see from time to time, especially in the wild west movies. Quite the unique look indeed. This skirt is $610 and like all of the previously mentioned pieces can be pre-orderd now.
All of these pieces are quite different than what we have been used to seeing from other fashion designers who have integrated 3D printing into their designs. It’s always interesting to see what the next designers come up with. 3D printing is only beginning to break the surface within fashion design, and surely there will be plenty more to come in the near future.
What do you think? Would you wear any of these designs? Discuss in the Chromat 3D Printed Apparel forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check out some of Chromat’s other non-3D Printed fashion designs below.
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