Lim Kae Woei and Elena Low, of Melbourne based XYZ Workshop, have been awarded the top prize in an international 3D printed fashion competition. The competition called for pieces that were sustainable and inspired specifically by water.
After further research on water technologies, they were intrigued by the creation of hydrogen by water hydrolysis, and how clean energy can be harnessed from water. They then expressed this through the design of the top, which alternated between solid and open spheres. The open spheres create a lace-like fabric, contrasting between the solid and transparent pieces. The silhouette of the top is very similar to the traditional Chinese cheongsam, thereby juxtaposing modernity through technology and tradition.
To create the pattern, the designers started by making a 3D scan of a tailor’s mannequin. Then, they created another 3D point cloud of the mannequin using a Kinect Sensor, which was used to make the mesh from which they based their geometries. They mapped out the patterns like a traditional tailor, using Rhino 3D modeling software. The final pieces were made out of 26 different sections and took about 170 hours to print in Flexible Polylactic Acide. XYZ Workshop aimed “to prove that you don’t require access to an expensive large 3D printer to create unique wearable pieces.”
Photography: Memento Inc. Model: Amarantha Rayne Makeup & Hair: Suggar Beauty