A fashion graduate from Nottingham Trent University will present her 3D printed lingerie collection at the Interfilière trade show in Paris next month.
Jessica Haughton has been chosen to showcase innovative pieces made of lightweight knit and transparent silicone at the exhibition’s Trend Forum, which is themed around ultra light materials this season.
The forum pays particular attention to fabric makers who let loose creatively and go beyond business restrictions to innovate.
“We wanted to move off the beaten path and show that it’s possible to produce something really original,” said Taya de Reynies, the director of lingerie and swimwear for Eurovet.
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.
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.
She also used the silicone to create aesthetic patterns on sheer mesh to exploit the material’s unique tactile qualities.
A selection of European brands that are breaking new ground in embroidery making will also appear in the forum, and Eastman, a US manufacturer of cellulosic yarn, will be introducing its new brand to the intimate apparel market.