Stratasys has introduced the SSYS 2Y22 Reflection Collection. The collection was created using the new Stratasys J850 TechStyle 3D printer, curated by Stratasys and made possible through close collaboration with seven design groups. Reflection includes exclusive dresses and suits, daywear, and other 3D printed garments, lighting, luxury packaging, cosmetics, handbags, accessories, footwear, and more.
“Reflection brings to life the impact of the global changes of the last two years through innovative fashion and design pieces,” said Naomi Kaempfer, Art, Design, and Fashion Director for Stratasys. “The collection focuses on three main pillars – personal space, social inclusion, and mindful manufacturing.”
Personal space: The past two years have exposed us to the necessity of intertwining our intimate personal and public spaces. This is expressed through fashion and identity design that reflects intimacy, emotion, vulnerability, comfortable clothing, home wear, and softness.
Social inclusion: The past two years have also forced us to face critical social injustices such as equality, gender, and ethnicity. This collection is a celebration of our shared humanity and highlights the growing sensitivity towards community building, social inclusion, and nationality.
Mindful Manufacturing: Stratasys’ goal is to create designs that will last for years, across all seasons – reducing waste and telling a more unique story through more intentional manufacturing. This collection focuses on slow fashion, mindful manufacturing, longevity, and respect for the planet and its ecology.
The seven design groups contributing to the SSYS 2Y22 Reflection Collection, debuted by Stratasys and featuring exclusive 3D printed garments, bespoke accessories and luxury goods, are: Karim Rashid (one of the most prolific designers of his generation), Jasna Rok Lab (an award-winning studio), Ganit Goldstein (a fashion designer and smart textile researcher specializing in the development of 3D printed fashion), FORÆVA (a multi-disciplinary design lab co-founded by fashion designer, Lana Dumitru, and architect, Vlad Tenu),
Assa Studio (founded by Assa Ashuach, a designer that has been at the forefront of exploring the creative potential of additive manufacturing for over a decade), Illusory Material (a San Francisco-based design studio, co-created by Jiani Zeng and Honghao Deng, that specializes in optics and software research), and KAIMIN (active in the LGBTQIA+ community and has worked with the likes of Bjork, Lady Gaga, and Beyonce). KAIMIN has designed three new pieces for the SSYS 2Y22 Reflection Collection, in collaboration with Travis Fitch, that reflect inclusivity.
“Our partnerships with designers and fashion houses have allowed us to bring to the world an innovative collection created using 3D printing technology. We believe that 3D printing is the future of innovation in fashion and design and that it will open up unlimited possibilities for fashion designers and manufacturers to personalize and customize 3D-printed fabric pieces,” said Shamir Shoham, Vice President of Design for Stratasys.
Stratasys has partnered with Dyloan and the D-house in Milan, an innovation center of excellence for evolving fashion technology. D-house demonstrates the versatility of 3D printing applications from concept design through production using Stratasys 3DFashion technology. Stratasys technology is also the focus for the new D-House Academy for fashion designers in Italy, which is helping change design workflows to reflect the technology’s capabilities.
The J850 TechStyle 3D printer allows fashion designers and manufacturers to 3D print direct to textile and garments using unlimited color, transparency, and flexible printed materials. Powered by unique 3DFashion technology, which allows the adhesion of inkjet polymer over various types of textiles, this printer is leading the PolyJet business expansion into the manufacturing of haute couture, luxury fashion, and accessories.
Lidewij Edelkoort, a world-renowned fashion specialist and trend forecaster, said that there has long been interest in a 3D printer for fabric and garments, with countless potential creative applications for fashion designers. “From decorative craft to creative engineering comes this hybrid machine from Stratasys, as an answer to a million prayers, allowing the ascension of embellishment for an inclusive following,” said Lidewij Edelkoort.