A fashion student from Nottingham Trent University has developed a 3D printed lingerie collection that could revolutionise the way women shop for underwear.
Jess Haughton used additive manufacturing – the process whereby digital 3D design data is downloaded, customised and printed off as a tailored garment – to demonstrate how modern technology can allow the mass production of made-to-measure lingerie.
“Not only that, I wanted to show how 3D printing could truly modernise the market and create unique looking underwear which does away with traditional materials,” she said.
Designed in collaboration with Clothing Management Technology and Stretchline UK, the collection features a bodysuit made using stretch silicone that is bonded during the 3D printing process rather than stitched.
Haughton also used the silicone to create aesthetic patterns on sheer mesh to exploit the material’s unique tactile qualities.
Her halter bra features a silicone floral pattern printed on sheer mesh.
“Stretch silicone is amazing to work with and could really change the way lingerie is made,” said Haughton.
“It has an amazing feel to it, and when 3D printed can create more intricate detailing than traditional methods,” she added.
“In many ways, when printed onto sheer mesh as a floral pattern, it’s like a modern alternative to lace.”
Haughton’s collection is currently on display at Notting Nottingham Trent University’s 2016 Art & Design Degree Show until June 11.
The show is one of the largest collections of graduating art and design talent in the UK, with more than 1,300 works on public display.
Emma Prince, senior lecturer in fashion design at the School of Art & Design, said: “Jess has showed real innovation in developing her range of products and has developed her knowledge of this new technology which she can expand upon when she leaves university and pursues her career.
“It’s a great illustration of how modern technology can change the way clothing is made, leading to improvements in the performance of garments, their fit and their market appeal.”