The students created the geometry for the dress using 3D anatomical models of the human body, then abstracted hidden lines and vectors of the human body (muscles, veins and arteries) into curves that could be manipulated in a 3D modeling environment. The inspiration for turning the body inside out, projecting the interior to the exterior of the body, creating a second skin from what lies underneath led to the name Verlan dress; the French slang word refers to reversing the first and last syllables, turning the word inside out.
The entire design was printed on two MakerBots using MakerBot's new Flexible Filament material, which offers more flexibility than traditional 3D printer materials. The Flexible Filament allowed us to produce a flexible, 3D-printed garment that is able to conform the body's movement when worn. The rendering software Lagoa allowed the participants to develop photorealistic 3D images of the dress prior to printing. The lower portion of the garment was crafted using the Flexible Filament material from MakerBot, a stunning display of what is possible in design through 3D printing technology.
By Francis Bitonti Studio
Special Thanks to Pratt DAHRC: HyukJae Henry Yoo, Director; Casey Rehm, Michael Schafler & Arnold Chu, Researchers
Photo Credit: CHRISTRINI
Hair: Junya Nakashima, Makeup: Chrissy O'Donnell
Leonie Tenthof van Noorden