Iris van Herpen Debuts the World’s First 3D-Printed Wedding Dress

Renowned fashion designer Iris van Herpen has once again pushed the boundaries of innovation in the fashion industry by unveiling the world’s first 3D-printed wedding dress. This groundbreaking creation combines traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology to create a stunning masterpiece that embodies Van Herpen’s signature style of intricate designs and structural elegance.

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According to WWD, there has only been one wedding, and that was on May 11th. Mariana Pavani, a tax lawyer from Brazil, walked down the aisle in the high-tech ensemble designed by Dutch couturier Iris van Herpen. Van Herpen is a trailblazer in the field of 3D-printed clothing; his first design from 2010 was a stiff creation that looked like overlapping shells and was recently on display at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

3D printers at Sculpteo in Paris.

Pavani’s bridal gown, in comparison, has an ethereal delicacy. Its futuristic frost swarm across the bodice and throat gives the gown an illusion of solidity that belies its flexibility and resilience.

The process started with a 3D bodyscan of Pavani, required several in-person fittings of the hand-pleated base dress, and then a meticulous marrying of the delicate fabric and the 3D-printed elements, which were done at a specialized facility in Paris.

The file size for the 3D design was 216.7 MB, and it took 41 hours to print it, according to van Herpen.

She noted there were several test runs for the 3D-printed elements, and for the intricate pleating, whose pattern had to match up with the bodice design. “So you have the sculptural elements, but also the fluidity, the movement. And that is dichotomy that I really love,” said the designer.

By introducing this pioneering piece, Van Herpen continues to challenge conventional notions of fashion, pushing the boundaries of creativity and craftsmanship in ways that are truly captivating and inspiring for both designers and fashion enthusiasts alike.