Julia pulls inspiration for her unique designs from replicating ordinary shapes found in nature; portobello mushrooms, underwater sea creatures, pinecones, and other organic shapes are characteristic of what Julia likes to synthesize into her fashions.Julia has collaborated with high fashion designers such as Iris Van Herpen between 2012-2014 for Paris Haute Couture Shows. She uses her RAISE3D printer to prototype pieces that resemble traditional fabrics for softer looking garments that have a unique and modern flare. While haute couture is 3D printing their way into new, innovative looks, not everybody can afford to wear them. A $30,000 price tag for a unique garment worn to the Met Gala is out of the average shopper’s price range.Marvel Studio’s newest smash hit, Black Panther, was the first Hollywood production Julia took part in. She was brought on to give life to Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter’s vision for Queen Ramonda’s regal look – bringing traditional African culture together with new-age technology. The goal was for the garments to look like they could NOT have been made by hand. The shoulder mantle needed to mimic a lace pattern, but be rigid enough to hold its shape and form while the actress was performing. The perfectly cylindrical crowns were designed with a parametrically-grown radii pattern which can only be produced by CAD software – or whatever advanced technology they’ve developed in Wakanda. Developing these costumes really pushed the limits of the design software, as well as the materials and laser sintering capabilities of Materialise in Belgium, who fabricated the pieces on one of the largest 3D printers in the world.
“It was so exciting to work with the costume design team at Marvel Studios to develop these pieces from scratch, and to work with Materialise to find the right materials to make the designs possible in a short time frame,” says Julia.
Read the full article, including more details from Koerner’s experiences working with Materialise and Marvel, at MatterHackers.
For additional background information, you can also read more about Julia Koerner’s show at the RAPID + TCT runway here and fashion for the Met Gala here; more about Raise3D here and MatterHackers filament here; more about 3D printing and Marvel coming together here; and take a look inside Materialise’s Leuven headquarters here. 3DPrint.com will be speaking soon with Materialise for additional perspective on working on Black Panther.
Discuss costume design and other 3D printing topics at 3DPrintBoard.com or share your thoughts in the Facebook comments below.[This article originally published, and available in full, at MatterHackers.com and shared with permission]
You May Also Like
Thor3D & ProtoTech Solutions Combine 3D Scanning with Body Measuring Software
Germany and Russia-based handheld 3D scanner developer Thor3D, creator of such scanning systems as the Calibry and the (now discontinued) Drake, has been practicing its trade since 2015. Recently, the...
Maker of CREATOR Metal 3D Printer to Be Bought by Lumentum for $5.7B
There have been several important acquisitions in the 3D printing industry, including that of EnvisionTEC by Desktop Metal, Origin by Stratasys, and 3D Hubs by Proto Labs, leading us to...
Towards Zero Waste and Failures: AdditiveLab’s Customizable Simulation Enables Increase in Metal Additive Manufacturing Efficiency
AdditiveLab’s Mariam Mir will be speaking at 3DPrint.com’s upcoming AMS online industry summit (Feb 9-10, 2021). Register here. Metal additive manufacturing (AM) process simulation predicts the potential production outcome and gives vital...
Dream M&As: 3D Printing Mergers and Acquisitions We’d Like to See in 2021, Part 3
Inspired in part by the acquisition of EnvisionTEC by Desktop Metal, of 3D Hubs by ProtoLabs, and of Origin by Stratasys, we’ve been brainstorming about the newly hot 3D printing stocks and renewed interest...
View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.