U.S Design Studio Nervous System have created the world’s first ever 4D Dress, made using a 3D printer and able to go from a flattened object to its intended shape in seconds and be fully customised to fit a woman’s body. It features 2,279 printed panels interconnected by 3,316 hinges which allow the wearer to swing and move just like any other dress. It cost around £1900/$3,000 to print in approximately 48 hours, and has already been acquired by The Museum of Modern Art.
Co-founder and creative director Jessica Rosenkrantz said, “I’m very interested in a future where garments are more personal and customised”. She also explained the process – ‘Selective Laser Sintering’ which “uses a laser to fuse together nylon powder, leaving unmelted powder in between all of the gap spaces. This extra powder falls away after printing which is what allows us to print complex interlocking mechanisms that work right out of the printer. Body scanning and new design and fabrication techniques are opening up more possibilities in this direction. More dresses are already on the way“.
You can find out more here and even design your own Kinematics dress via Nervous System’s Kinematics Cloth App. The dresses are not currently on sale but you can save your design to order possibly early next year.