Russian fashion designers have found a way to get around a controversial ban of lace underwear by 3D printing it.
The Russian parliament banned all underwear made of synthetic lace earlier this summer, preventing the production and sale of the undergarments in the country. Russian designer Viktoria Anoka got around the ban by hiring a Moscow company, 3DPrintus, to 3D print a pair of lace panties for the company Lascana, which presented them at the St. Petersburg technology fair, "Geek Picnic 2014."
The panties, which were the first underwear 3D printed in Russia, was "the craziest thing we have been asked to print," 3DPrintus CEO, Konstantin Ivanov, told The Moscow Times.
But the Russians aren't the only ones 3D printing clothing, according to 3DPrint.com. 3D printing fashion designers from around the world showed up to present their futuristic designs in the "3D Print Fashion Show."
One of the fashion show's headliners was American artist Joshua Harker, considered to be a pioneer in 3D printing in art and culture. "His work performed up to the smallest detail, breaking 'the brink of what is possible in the design and production'" said Maria Yanchauskayte, Geek Picnic PR Manager.
Other 3D printing designers at the festival to present their unusual creations were Larisa Katz, Pia Hinze, Pavla Podsednikova. The 3D printed designs included dresses, mens suits, hats, shoes, and other clothing and accessories that defy definition – like this one that appears to be a combination headpiece/mask/chandelier:
One of the most interesting designs at the festival was the NEUROTiQ line, a product that reads the neural impulses and emotions of the person wearing it and changes the lights and color of the clothing or accessories to match their moods. Its parent company, Sensoree, believes that it the design catches on, people will be able to communicate with each other through their clothing.
Is 3D printing the future of fashion? For right now, it looks like it is going to be confined to the runway. The model who wore the panties and matching bra produced for Lascana, Anastasia Belousova, said she found the panties a bit uncomfortable and that the plastic feeling underwear was "interesting, but not for everyday life." That means you probably won't see 3D printed clothing go on sale at your local Walmart anytime soon.
Fortunately, even if printing up a new outfit when we forget to do the laundry is a bit into the future, 3D printing is still being used for all sorts of interesting things, from weapons to food - even ice cream, according to this Inquisitr report.
Image courtesy of 3DPrint.com