Iris Van Herpen’s 3D-Printed “Ice” Dress is a “Frozen” Fan’s Dream

by , 10/06/14   filed under: Paris Fashion Week

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Iris van Herpen could teach Queen Elsa of Arendelle a thing or two about ice. The Dutch designer, who debuted her Spring/Summer 2015 collection at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, used three-dimensional printing to create a strapless, translucent dress any snow regent would be proud of. Van Herpen, who worked in collaboration with architect Niccolo Casas and Tennessee’s 3D Systems, designed the garment to fit model Iekeliene Stange’s precise specifications.

FROZEN FRACTALS

The crystalline frock was fabricated in two distinct pieces using 3D Systems’ flagship stereolithography technology. Using a liquid polymer that is cured in sequential layers with ultraviolet light, the technicians were able to achieve a “dazzlingly smooth” solid with finely honed precision.

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The first print took 45 hours, while the second required 36, according to Annie Shaw, the firm’s creative director. That wasn’t the end of it, however. 3D Systems followed up with nearly eight hours of polishing and finishing.

“The dress was a challenge to create in the short timeframe allotted, and quite a feat of engineering, too!” Shaw says in a press release. “This all adds up for van Herpen, as she has a reputation for eager collaboration with the fields of science and architecture.”

Just don’t try to sit down, though; this frock is all flash and no flex.

But we’re willing to let it go.

+ Iris van Herpen

+ 3D Systems

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