Designers: Nervous System (Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis Rosenberg)
Materials: Nylon, laser sintered (3D-printed) by Shapeways
Nervous System was the first design house to create a flexible 3D-printed garment that comes off the printer ready to wear. Their dresses are generated from a body scan and can be fully customized using a design app on the company’s website. Assembling the dress is as simple as snapping together three pieces.
This dress—also called the Petals dress—was inspired by petals, feathers and scales.
The creators say each dress “is an intricately patterned structure of thousands unique triangular panels interconnected by hinges, all 3D printed as a single piece in nylon. While each component is rigid, in aggregate, they behave as a continuous fabric allowing the dress to flexibly conform and fluidly flow in response to body movement.”
While some 3D-printed dresses look like they’re for the runway only, the Kinematics 8 dress has a real-world look. The style, flexibility and flow of the designs make them functional pieces of art.