Monday’s Met Gala showcased some of the most innovative designs in fashion. Zac Posen was behind five of the creations seen on the red carpet, as worn by Katie Holmes, Julia Garner, Jourdan Dunn, Nina Dobrev and Deepika Padukone.
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Despite each look being so different, they were all made using the same techniques. Posen used 3-D printers to create parts of the dresses worn by the celebrities to bring to life this year’s theme Camp: Notes On Fashion.
The designer met with scientists, engineers and designers at the manufacturing centre General Electric in Pittsburgh to help him bring his designs to life. He told The Hollywood Reporter that the visit “really got my imagination going with what could be possible”.
His gown for Holmes was made of 300 yards of tulle, which he called “a real glamour piece in a Prince purple metallic”.
The purple palm-leaf sculpture was created by a 3-D printer, the same technique used to create Garner’s printed headpiece that she wore with a golden gown.
Dunn’s dress, which resembled a floral design, was made of 21 individual 3D-printed rose petals that were then attached to a titanium frame.
“We spent about five months really refining each petal, looking at them in digital 3-D and doing models in advance,” Posen explained that each print-out took around 100 hours to make.
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“Then we created this magical lacquer so the colour shines and seems to shift as Jourdan moves.”
With Dobrev’s glass-looking dress, her bustier was 3D-printed in four separate pieces and was then draped in fabric.
This process took 200 hours which, according to Posen, was a “homage to sculptures in a museum,” Posen explained.
Bollywood star Padukone looked like a real-life princess in one of Posen’s blush pink designs, with delicate 3D-printed embellishments were inspired by sea creatures.
“I spent so much time looking at all the materials and the different structural weights; GE Additive did all the engineering, but I really loved learning what was possible.”