Meet 27-year-old Danit Peleg, a 2015 graduate of the Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art in Ramat Gan, Israel. In September 2014, she started working on a 5-piece collection for her degree in Fashion Design and decided to explore 3D-printing, a technology she barely knew anything about. After 9 months of research and development, and more than 2,000 hours of printing, Danit just unveiled the world’s first 3D-printed fashion collection created entirely using home printers… and it’s stunning!
“I have always been interested in the influence of technology on fashion design,” Danit explains on her site, so for all her projects she develops her own textiles and plays with various technologies, like screen-printing and laser cutting. But with 3D-printing being uncharted territory for the innovative designer, she says when she got started on her graduate collection, “I wasn’t sure that I would be able to make this happen.” Doubts aside, Danit embarked on her determined mission to create an entire garment using technology accessible to anyone.
“I wasn’t sure that I would be able to make this happen, but with the help of incredible people I was able to fulfill my dream – to print my own fashion collection.”
Getting invaluable support from two leading labs in the Tel-Aviv based 3D-printing “makers” community, Danit experimented with different home printers and materials to find her magic formula. “I spent a month or so experimenting with PLA, a hard and breakable material. I was not getting very far because the material is inflexible, which is the key property of a ‘real’ textile.” She added, “The breakthrough came when I was introduced to FilaFlex, which is a new kind of filament; it’s strong, yet very flexible.”
So using FilaFlex and a Witbox printer, Danit was able to print her flexible red jacket. From there, she wanted to see if she could create more elaborate textiles for the rest of the collection, and started playing with different types of patterns. More success followed as she discovered she could make various lace-like textiles that she could work with just like cloth, and that moved just as beautifully.
After 400 hours of 3D-printing per outfit, Danit ended up creating a 5-piece, runway-worthy fashion collection, inclusive of shoes, which she believes, “pushes the envelope and brings us even closer to the day we will all be printing our own clothes from home.”
Of what Danit describes as the most interesting year of her life, she writes, “I really enjoyed the fact that I could create without intermediaries; I could design my own textiles and manufacture my own clothes, all from my own home. I didn’t have to go buy cloth that someone else chose to sell – I could make my own.”