Compiled by Leah Linhares
Photography: Courtesy Nervous System
|Kinematic Textile Petals|
Marrying art with technology, Nervous System brings forth a fresh look in fashion with its new project: Kinematic Petals Dress, using a fold strategy, which reduces the size of the dress by 85%, making it printable as a single piece…
Commissioned by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), designers Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg have created a custom-fit, 3D-printed dress for Nervous System’s MFA’s exhibition: #techstyle, which runs from March 6 through July 10, 2016.
Drawing inspiration from petals, feathers and scales, Nervous System has developed a new textile language for Kinematics (the features or properties of motion in an object; in this context - a system for creating custom-fit 3D printing clothing), where the interconnected elements are articulated as imbricating shells. Made up of thousands of interlocking parts, this dress can be customized to the wearer’s body through a 3D scan, where each element is individually customizable: varying in direction, length, and shape.
The dress is 3D-printed in durable nylon plastic; the design composed of
more than 1600 unique pieces interconnected by more than 2600 hinges
It emerges from the 3D printer fully assembled and ready to wear
|Each interlocking component of the dress is rigid, but, in aggregate, they behave as a continuous textile|
|Petals protrude from the underlying framework of tessellated triangular panels,|
sheathing the body in a directional landscape of overlapping plumes
New design software and simulation tools have been developed to make this dress possible ©Steve Marsel