Fashion is never-ending. That is its “cool” factor; despite its prevalence in society for hundreds, even thousands, of years, it remains an outlet that can undergo constant reinvention. We remain fascinated by it because just when you think there are only so many ways a dress or pantsuit can be revitalized, a visionary designer will surprise us.
With the turn of the century, fashion faces an entirely new adaptation. New technology enables designers to push boundaries, and this has led to an unparalleled innovation. For anyone who appreciates the avant-garde factors of Alexander McQueen or Victor and Rolf, the name Michael Schmidt may ring a bell. He did help create a 3-D printed dress for Fashion Week in early March. For the less fashion-inclined, his name is less recognizable, in part due to the designer’s unassuming and modest nature.
However, he’s one of several designers who are paving a new direction for fashion; one that is less cotton and tulle and more metals, plastics, and even glass. 3-D printed fashion is not new, but wearable 3-D printed fashion is novel. For designers, this may mean they can create designs otherwise impossible to do by hand. The new technology can mean there are no limits to what is considered “fabric,” and Schmidt, for one, can’t wait to explore its possibilities.
Of course, with any new invention, there is also creative destruction. Do you think this will hurt the integrity of hand-made traditional clothing? Or is this new technology the start of endless new possibilities for the fashion industry?