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3D Printed Clothing Debuts on the Runway During Fashion Week

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For the first time ever, models wore clothes and accessories made using 3D printing technology on the runways at New York Fashion Week. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

What makes the above runway show different from all the others during Fashion Week in New York? The answer, many of the accessories, and even some of the entire outfits, were created on 3D printers. The show helped kick off the first ever 3D Printshow New York, a conference for all things related to 3D printing.

"There's pieces on the catwalk that you'll think 'I would never wear that because it's so huge and amazingly exciting.' It's not something that you would wear on the high street, but there's also shoes on the catwalk that you can order online and customize and you can change the color and the size and they're printable so that you can have your own printed, customized shoes," said Kerry Hogarth from the conference.

And the designers of the 3D printed elements of the show say while some are, quite clearly, a bit out there and purely statements of fashion, 3D printing clothing and accessories can actually be quite practical.

"The corset, for example, is actually customizable, so it doesn't matter what size you are we can give you a perfect fit, I think, because the forms and shapes are different. You haven't seen stuff like this before and I think a lot of people are going to be wondering how the heck's that made, how'd they do that," said Michaella Janse Van Vuuren, a 3D printing engineer and artist.

So are we nearing the point where instead of going to the store or online and buying our clothing and accessories off the rack we will instead just print them ourselves at home?

"We've not got that in clothes yet because you haven't got the right materials to be wearing, but it's something of the future and our designers will be working with a system eventually where people can download designs and print or use, more likely, a bureau that will print it for them but customize it or tweak it so it's suitable to themselves," said Hogarth.

When that day does come, though, it could very well also usher in, quite possibly, the wildest Halloween season the world has ever seen.

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