Last month, Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) launched the latest version of its J850 PolyJet system, the J850 TechStyle 3D printer, for 3D printing textiles, footwear, apparel and accessories. Now attendees of Milan Design Week 2022 have the chance this week to see exactly what the printer is capable of creating, as the company launches its SSYS 2Y22 Reflection Collection at the show, which has the theme “Between space and time”.
Powered by its 3DFashion technology, which enables color direct-to-garment printing, the Stratasys J850 TechStyle enables inkjet polymer adhesion to various types of textiles to manufacture luxury and haute couture apparel and accessories. Using 3D printing to create clothing opens up all sorts of creative applications for fashion designers, something Stratasys knows better than anyone.
“From decorative craftsmanship to creative engineering, this Stratasys hybrid machine is the answer to a million prayers, enabling the ascension of embellishment for an inclusive audience,” said the renowned trend forecaster and specialist in Lidewij Edelkoort fashion.
According to Naomi Kaempfer, director of art, design and fashion at Stratasys, the Reflection Collection uses fashion and design pieces to bring to life the impact of the changes of the last two years in the world. She explained that the collection focuses on three main pillars, the first of which is personal space and the “intertwining” of a person’s public and personal spaces. This pillar is manifested through fashion design that reflects emotion, intimacy and vulnerability, and soft and comfortable clothes and pieces that we wear at home.
If we’ve learned anything since the start of the pandemic, it’s the importance of social inclusion – the next pillar of the collection, which is described by Stratasys as “a celebration of our shared humanity” and shows our sensitivity increasing awareness of social injustices such as ethnicity, equality and gender, as well as inclusion and community building. The third pillar of Reflection is conscious manufacturing and a more intentional drive to reduce waste, be kind to the planet, and create products and designs that last for many years.
The collection curated by Stratasys includes exclusive bespoke 3D-printed accessories, luxury products and packaging, footwear, high-end apparel, including daywear and dresses, and much more, which according to society, “reflect the social impact of the recent past”. “Stratasys collaborated with seven different design groups to create the SSYS 2Y22 Reflection Collection.
“Our partnerships with designers and fashion houses have allowed us to bring an innovative collection to the world created using 3D printing technology,” said Shamir Shoham, vice president of design at Stratasys. “We believe 3D printing is the future of fashion and design innovation and will open up limitless possibilities for fashion designers and manufacturers to customize and personalize 3D printed fabric pieces.”
The first collaboration for the collection is prolific designer Karim Rashid, who has won 400 awards, operates in over 35 countries and has over 4,000 designs in production. All of her pieces reflect artistic geometry and graphics, and Rashid’s line of luxury dresses and handbags are on-trend for both elegant and casual occasions.
Multidisciplinary design lab FORÆVA, co-founded by architect Vlad Tenu and fashion designer Lana Dumitru, offers cross-cultural digital embroideries in its “Classic Ethnic Romanian Designs for Modern Living”. The 3D printed pieces, while bringing wearers closer to this culture, also reveal hidden meaning when someone looks at them up close.
Award-winning fashion studio Jasna Rok Lab focuses on the physiology of feelings in its work, which combines fashion and technology. To create the Trypophilia collection, Jasna Rokegem worked with designer and former Stratasys collaborator Travis Fitch to translate EQ into 3D algorithmic structures using CLOD3D and Rhino software. The pieces reflect both the language and the physical location of emotions such as anger, fear, happiness and sadness.
Genderfluid fashion brand KAIMIN, which is active in the LGBTQIA+ community and has worked with icons like Lady Gaga and Björk, also collaborated with Fitch to design three new pieces for the Stratasys collection. The dress, jacket and bodysuit reflect inclusivity and are inspired by New York’s urban architecture.
Fashion designer and smart textile researcher Ganit Goldstein, who specializes in 3D printed fashion, also worked with Stratasys on the Reflection collection. Her GnoMon collection was inspired by textures found in nature’s four seasons, such as spring flowers and autumn leaves, and in her jacket designs you can see how she mimicked the way natural light play with the elements. Additionally, Stratasys explains that Goldstein’s collection re-examines what constitutes a trend and “represents a new approach to textile personalization.”
Co-created by Jiani Zeng and Honghao Deng, Illusory Material design studio focuses on optical and software research. They focus on lenticular effects, as evidenced by the design of the studio’s 3D-printed refillable perfume bottle, which Stratasys calls “the first of its kind.”
Finally, Assa Studio has been using 3D printing for over a decade and founder Assa Ashuach has created several models for the Stratasys collection, including the 3D printed Evolve shoe with a custom midsole sensor; the shoe, currently on display at Dubai’s Museum of the Future, studies the person wearing it and records their movement data. Another piece is a customizable pouch, inspired by Origam, 3D printed on Dinamicamiko vegetable leather.
The rest of the SSYS 2Y22 Reflection The collection will be exhibited at stand 7 of SuperStudio Piu during Milan Design Week, which ends on June 12.
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