This Iris van Herpen Fashion Piece is a 3D-Printed Silicone Dress

By: Laura McQuarrie - May 2, 2016
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Over the last few years, Iris van Herpen fashion has become synonymous with 3D printing. van Herpen is known to make the most of emerging technology, yet her designs retain the made-to-measure and highly detailed qualities of traditional couture garments.

One of the avant-garde designer's newest pieces experiments with a high-performance silicone material called Dragon Skin that is typically used to create realistic skin effects in the movie industry.

The Dragon Skin dress is made from thousands of individual silicone pieces that were 3D-printed and laser cut. Once machined, each piece was carefully placed on the garment in a pleasing pattern. The final dress is lined with silk and cotton to make it more comfortable for wear.