The highly anticipated “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) kicked off this week with a star-studded gala, featuring fashion crossed with tech of all kinds. “Manus x Machina” is an exploration of the intersection of hand-crafted fashion pieces with machine-made ones. Among the designers featured in the exhibition, which runs through August 14, is Noa Raviv, who created dresses for her “Hard Copy” collection with elements 3D printed by Stratasys.
Opening Doors, Feathering Ruffles
Raviv’s “Hard Copy” collection debuted in 2014. The dresses selected to be a part of “Manus x Machina” feature a series of eye-popping, three-dimensional, 3D printed pieces that serve as ruffles and other decorative elements. The 3D printed parts were hand-sewn onto dresses that were 2D laser cut.
Created on an Objet500 Connex3 Color, Multi-material 3D Printer from Stratasys, the 3D printed pieces have unusual geometries and a trompe l’oeil feel, displayed in black and white and gradient shades.
“The technological capabilities of 3D printing open new doors to areas of design previously not possible with hand-crafted fashion,” Raviv said. “Through my collection, I’ve been able to explore the tension between the real and the virtual, between 2D and 3D, and this inspired me to create imperfect digital images and distorted grid patterns that are impossible to produce using conventional methods.”
Naomi Kaempfer, Creative Director, Art Fashion Design, Stratasys, added: “We are very excited to be part of ‘Manus x Machina’ through our collaboration with Noa Raviv. The exhibition explores the contrast between hand-crafted and machine-made design, and her work is a prime example of how aspiring designers turn some of the most challenging design concepts into reality.”