For their AW14 collection, fashion brand Pringle of Scotland created lovely knit garments that incorporated 3D-printed details. Unlike previous designers who’ve used 3d printing to print an entire dress, Pringle of Scotland opted to use 3D printing elements as means to enhance and complement knitwear. The results are an incredibly wearable and marketable collection of sweaters and coats that don’t look like they’ve been created for the latest science fiction movie.
The collection was done in collaboration with architect and material scientist Richard Beckett whose been experimenting with flexible 3d-printing textiles aptly named “Foldables.”
Beckett on his website states:
“Each of the fabrics were digitally designed and made up of over 1000 individual
3d printed geometries that interweave together to create bespoke three dimensional
materials. These materials were then seamlessly integrated into the collection using
traditional knitwear techniques. Each fabric was designed and engineered to exhibit
the required movement, behaviour and aesthetic in order to work on the body and as part of the seasonal collection.”
This latest collection is demonstrating that 3D-printing and fashion may indeed have a future in ready-to-wear.