"Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions." - Coco Chanel.

Digital fabrication has enabled the crossovers between fashion and architecture and blurring the boundary between these industries. Fashion designers utilize 3D printing technology to incorporate architectural form and structures into their designs.  Fashion architecture is a contemporary view of clothing which is possible with advanced material system and digital fabrication technology. There are many designers who found this crossover dialogue and seek a unique way to make the conventions of their filed unconventional and create an avant-garde brand. This could elevate the future of the fashion industry into a new era in which fabric and swinging machines are no longer necessary. 

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One of my favorite artists is  Neri Oxman who studied architecture and selected is one of the 100 most creative people in 2009, making her way with computational design, synthetic biology, material science, and digital fabrication. She has created art pieces from micro scales to building scales. Mushtari, Qamar, Zuhal, Otaared are just four of her multiple fashion architecture made. In her latest design In collaboration with Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb, she explored the relationship between the built and the natural environments by using advanced design techniques inspired by the form and function of the human gastrointestinal tract.

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Also, Nervous System, famous and innovative designers for their 3D printed Kinematic fabric. They have designed a sophisticated dress inspired by petals for exhibition at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  In the past years, they have also made several online design apps and other data-driven midsoles with New Balance.  Their design methods are perfectly blending fashion and technology to reevaluate reality and express the individuality. Their design platform pushes fashion and fabrication in amazing ways where anyone would be able to show and express their feelings with CAD software and 3d printing technology to create unique and affordable wearable art.

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Another well-known designer for 3D fashion is Iris van Herpen. She expresses her ideas using technology and advanced fabrication techniques including 3d printing, injection molding, and laser cutting to create intricate three-dimensional structures for dresses. Her latest design “Hacking Infinity”, a 3D printed transparent dress was created in collaboration with architect Niccolo Casas.  The result was a unique piece in which the pattern move both by the body’s interaction and the aesthetic sensibility. Van Herpen deftly explores futuristic ideas including synesthesia, living technology, and magnetic fields and many others. Says van Herpen on her site, "she forces fashion to the extreme contradiction between beauty and regeneration. It is her unique way to reevaluate reality and so to express and underline individuality.”

3D printed fashion can make a relation to artists who see the real identity of what fashion and art is all about. It is not only artistic expression but also can be used to add more value to the world we are living in.

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