Tyra Banks unveils 3D clothing you can print from home
Young design student creates an exclusive collection for the model, including shoes!
Imagine one day you're able to decide what you want to wear, download it and then print it out in the time that it takes you to put your makeup on or brew a pot of coffee. While that technological advancement hasn't arrived just yet, the fashion industry is one step closer.
American model and TV personality Tyra Banks recently unveiled a U.S. exclusive on her FABLife TV Show: The first fashion collection made completely at home with 3D printers. The 27-year-old Israeli designer, Danit Peleg, created the entire collection piece by piece without a single sewing machine from her studio in Tel Aviv.
"I was always curious about the connection between fashion and technology," Peleg told Banks. "Last year I got a small necklace that was 3D printed and it got me thinking, 'Why not print clothes?' So I decided to start the research and I wanted to make a ready-to-wear collection that was printed entirely at my home using printers that anyone can get. It was a lot of fun!"
Peleg completed the impressive 3D-printed collection, which included shoes to match each outfit, as part of her final project while studying at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Israel.
"And of course you got an A?" Banks asked the young designer rhetorically. "Yes, I did!" Peleg replied.
Peleg says it took her nine months of research and 2,000 hours of printing time. She created the collection with six printers running at the same time, which apparently was no big deal for the designer. "The main challenge was to find the right material," says Peleg. "Then I finally found this material called FilaFlex. It's really flexible and with it, I could created textiles that you can see here."
Model Chrissy Tiegen, a guest contributor to the Tyra Banks Show, commented that Peleg's fabric, "Doesn't feel like plastic, it actual feels really soft and nice."
The 3D printer was invented in 1983 and the technology has been evolving ever since. While Peleg's production of the garments may seem daunting – who has 2,000 hours to allocate towards making their clothes? – it's important to remember that 3D printed fashion technology will continue to make advancements, just like the once-oversized and expensive computers and cell phones of the 1970s and 1980s. Currently, 3D printers can be purchased for the home for under $1,000, a price point that will continue to drop as demand increases and companies create competition in the 3D printer market.
While most of us will wait to see how the technology advances before purchasing a 3D printer, the ease at which we'll be able to manufacture our own clothes one day is thrilling.
Peleg makes a simpler case for incorporating 3D printing into our fashion repertoire sooner than later. "Right now, I'm able to email you a jacket and if you don't know how to sew, you can just put it together from your house."
Watch Tyra Banks interview Danit Peleg on the FABLife TV Show in the video below:
Lindsay E. Brown is the managing editor of Eco-Chick, the web’s first ethical fashion, beauty and travel site for women. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, and Cottages & Gardens. Lindsay has been featured as a fashion and beauty expert on the Veria Living Network. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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