Heard of Pauline van Dongen yet? Since 2010, she designed several marvelous futurist garments. From a flexible solar dress to the first ever fully 3D-printed shoes, she explores the boundaries of fashion through her aesthetic work. In collaboration with architect Behnaz Farahi, she recently presented a living-like dress at SXSW to show how 3D-printed fashion can be used to augment the body.
Ruff, an interactive 3D-printed wearable
Resulting from a three-week collaboration with architect Behnaz Farahi, the research project has been initiated as part of Pauline’s PhD program ‘Crafting Wearables’. Ruff, the 3D printed responsive wearable, was created from the designers’ shared interest in enhancing the interaction between bodies and their surrounding environment. Ruff takes its name from the protective folded collar popular in Western Europe from the mid-sixteenth century to the mid-seventeenth century that can often be seen in portraits of the period.
Ruff reveals how wearables can be imbued with responsive and dynamic properties, and endowed with almost life-like behaviors. Mechanical principles of springs were explored in order to create resiliently moving structures by means of solid 3D printing. Various topologies and surface modification enhanced the aesthetic expression of the spiraling form as well as to control the types of motion it could afford around the body.