Jul 10, 2015

3D Printed Clothing: Karl Lagerfeld shows Chanel Collection

Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld presented a new collection of 3D printed clothing for women during this week’s Paris Fashion Show.

The octogenarian Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel has taken a leap into 3D printing for Paris Fashion Week, unveiling clothes that make extensive use of 3D printed elements such as shoulders, buttons and lapels.

Using the laser-sintering process, Lagerfeld was able to produce vests that need no sewing at all. As the man himself told to the press: “The idea is to take the most iconic jacket of the 20th century and make a 21st century version, which technically was unimaginable in the period when it was born”.

If there ever was one thing that belonged deep in the sphere of imagination for 3D printing enthusiasts, it’s the printing of clothing. The reason for this is the fact that 3D printed materials (plastics or whatever else) doesn’t complement the human body with the equivalent delicacy and warmth as traditional textiles.

But this isn’t restricting us to think or even explore the possibilities in this industry, even with the known limitations which remain vastly unaddressed. It is especially important when one of those early explorers is Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld, who is a symbol in the world of fashion design and arts.

The particular designer is keen to try new things, so seeing him present a collection of 3D printed clothes in such a prestigious and important event that was attended by numerous celebrities from around the globe was not exactly a staggering surprise. It is important however that renowned fashion designers like Lagerfeld pave the way for 3D printing technologies to widen their application scope even more.

Fashion has come a long way from different styling, colors, expressionistic boldness etc, but this is the first time that we’re talking about something truly different that actually changes the way nowadays women perceive their clothing. Even in this “edgy” field, we are entering a new age of modernization and excitement.

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