What an incredible thing to meet your soul mate and engage in all the phases of a relationship which many often hope will lead to the ultimate summation: The proposal. The wedding. The wedding dress. And while details and planning can swirl madly about regarding the event itself, finding the perfect dress can sometimes be as elusive as finding the perfect mate.
For most, the search for a wedding dress becomes just that, because these days most women simply are not skilled in the art of sewing. It’s certainly rare that a bride or her mother would design and sew a dress, arriving to the altar in a beautifully handmade gown of her own — unless she is Vera Wang. With 3D printing, however, this may be in the future more and more.
Not only does a 3D printed wedding dress present the unique type of innovative flair many brides would surely love to integrate into the wedding event — which these days often also has the potential to become a competitive, one-upping gala — but it does indeed allow a bride to get what she wants out of this symbolic gown that may only ever be worn once.
Hailing from Shanghai, China, Xuberance is aptly named. They have just presented their 3D printed wedding dress to the world at TCT Asia, in progress this weekend, March 12-14, at the Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing. Dedicated to 3D printing and 3D printed products and their development, the show has hundreds of exhibitors and many thousands of visitors from all over the world who look forward to the inspiration of speakers in the industry as well as seeing some of the stunning new products and creations.
And certainly the 3D printed wedding dress caught the eye of most everyone. It’s an elegant piece of artwork in itself, featuring an intricately textured shorter style of contemporary wedding dress and a long and detailed veil.
Busy showing off their chops in the wedding industry, the Xuberance team also displayed the dress and accompanying 3D printed wedding event accents last year at the Shanghai Concert Hall with their ‘First Ever 3D Printed Wedding Theme’ presentation.
The 3D printed dress certainly shows their talent for diversity as it is a knock-out of a one-of-a-kind wedding gown designed by the 3D design and printing company that works on many different scales, from smaller items to large installations.
Xuberance, again living up to their name, not only produces stunning 3D printed pieces and works but they also offer training and workshops for 3D printing (including exposure to related software and hardware) in a number of disciplines, including 3D printing in fashion, art, and jewelry. They also offer an online store, as well as training for 3D printing in architecture, engineering, and business. The young, talented team works with a variety of consultants and experts in different fields for collaboration on projects locally and overseas. The company was founded in 2008 by Steven Ma, Bin Lu, and Leirah Wang.
So, if Shanghai starts a trend, which they very well might — wedding planners may have to add a new box to their wedding checklist plans: find a fashion designer who offers upscale digital design and 3D printing. And make it snappy!
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