Julia Daviy, a fashion designer with an inclination towards 3D printing and sustainable practices, has introduced a new wearable product that combines all three elements: a zero-waste, fully customizable 3D printed skirt. The garment is now available to order on the designer’s website.
The 3D printed skirt signals an important milestone in Daviy’s career in the fashion industry and on her journey to reorient fashion towards more sustainable, eco-friendly production. In fact, the designer found her way into fashion through a job at a renewable-energy company, where she became concerned with the environmentally taxing processes used to produce garments. This realization led her to design her own line of activewear made from entirely organic materials.
Still, Daviy believed she could do something more radical to change the current state of fashion, which led her to discover 3D printing. The designer studied additive manufacturing at the University of Illinois which culminated in the creation of her first 3D printed wearable garments in 2017.
Since then, she has continued working with 3D printing technologies, experimenting with various techniques and materials. Some of her garments were even featured at New York Fashion Week 2018.
The customizable 3D printed skirt, however, demonstrates that 3D printed garments do not solely belong on the runway and can be adapted for everyday use. The skirt, produced using a patented zero-waste 3D printing process and 100% recyclable filaments, combines a classic silhouette with an innovative 3D printed lace-like design.
The skirt is made-to-order and is fully customizable: customers can choose from a variety of patterns, styles, colours, waistlines and linings. When these have been selected, Daviy and her team produce a digital model of the skirt which is then sent to the 3D printer. The custom skirt, which starts at $780, can be printed and delivered in as little as ten days.
“I started to experiment with 3D printing because I believe that in an age of radical change and global challenges, people need absolutely new clothing,” said Daviy. “The first stage is to simplify digital customization and 3D printing of flexible and wearable clothing. We’ve accomplished that, and I think that consumers will respond. Once we’ve brought this technology into the mainstream, we plan to use 3D printing to make smart clothing that integrates technology even further into the design and function of our collection.”
Though the garment is not the first 3D printed wearable the designer has created, it is the first that is commercially viable. The process used to produce the custom skirt is streamlined and standardized, taking it beyond the realm of experimental.
“Our goal was never to demonstrate the viability of 3D printed clothing and leave things at that,” she added. “We’ll have succeeded when beautiful, comfortable, ethically manufactured and environmentally friendly clothes are the standard. The innovations we’ve made on the production and marketing side of the equation are just as important as the technological breakthroughs that have gotten us this far.”