061913-3D-fashionshow-blog-aan-hat_t600To produce her bird-inspired designs, designer Melinda Looi simply pushed “Print.”

Well, not quite so simply. According to PopSci, the Malaysian designer manufactured her pieces in Belgium at Materialise, a 3D print shop, which typically builds architecture models.

Looi showed the pieces recently in Kuala Lumpur, billing the exhibition as Asia’s first 3D-printed fashion show and the pieces—feathered hats, shoes, neckpieces and capes—are pretty amazing.

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Looking for some 3D fashion a little closer to home? Los Angeles–based Gogosha Optique will debut 3D-printed eyewear by German eyewear maker Mykita at a launch party this weekend at the optical shop’s Silverlake location at 3208 ½ Sunset Blvd. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

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Mykita representatives will demonstrate how the company’s patented Mykita Mylon eyewear collection was created with a 3D printer. The lightweight styles have no screws or solder points. Current 3D styles will be available to order (prices start at $555).

After years researching the use of polyamide materials in selective laser sintering, or 3D design, Mykita developed its patented Mylon material, which won an award from the International Forum Design.

First published at ApparelNews.net on June 20, 2013