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This 3D Printing Circular Fashion research suggests that the designer creatively participates in the solution and offers desirable, reusable and re-designable garments, bringing a solution of durability and reusability. Therefore, the designer offers the potential of new designs for people who still enjoy newness in their wardrobe, moving toward achieving a neutral footprint.

This practice-based research supports the design of a dress using, on the one hand, the technique of draping – a technique that goes back to the classical tradition of Ancient Greece, the free line and slowness – and on the other hand, 3D printing technology – an emerging technology associated with novelty and rapidity. Following an intuitive path that aligns with the concept of the pure becoming of Deleuze (1969), the dress is made using a hybrid approach; 3D printing and draping.

3D printing is used to make flat swatches. Then using draping (manipulating fabric on a mannequin to design a garment), the silk and the 3D printed pieces are assembled onto the final form of a draped dress.

In order to achieve “drape-able” 3D printed pieces, we explore intricate structures that emphasize the flexibility of the material. After analyzing and testing the “drapability” of the 3D printed swatches, the shape of the dress is introduced to map the intricate structure on it.