Just stumbled on this amazing and inspiring work of Kiara Gounder on chicamod.com and I decided to share with you.
Kiara Gounder is a Durban-based fashion designer with a degree in fashion from the Durban University of Technology and part of the 2015 Emerging Creatives programme.
Inspired by Dutch designer Iris van Herpen’s fall couture collection featuring 3D printing, Gounder has been exploring 3D printing and developing a capsule range of garments that showcases the potential of 3D printing in fashion.
“I am really pushing the boundary of creativity, coupling innovation with good designs,” she says.
The practical component of Gounder’s dissertation became her first capsule range, Digital Nature, in which she integrates 3D-printed garment components and accessories into her fabric-based clothing designs. The shapes of the printed items explore symmetry in nature, using silhouettes based on microscopic images of fossils and plant and insect cells. The 3D printed components are monochromatic to fit in with the clean lines in Gounder’s range. Gounder exhibited Digital Nature at Design Indaba Expo 2015, as part of the Emerging Creatives programme.
“I kept that technology at the back of my mind throughout my studies,” says Gounder. “I viewed my B.Tech as my chance to explore my own curiousity about the technology and try to experiment with it.”
Gounder turned to microscopic images of fossils, plant cells and insect cells for inspiration for the detailed patterning and line work. The 3D printed elements are complemented by the monochromatic structured garments with smooth, clean style lines.
“I want to take this topic one step further,” says Gounder when asked about the future for her label, “and possibly collaborate with a 3D printing service provider who can print flexible materials to create a range or garments. That’s how I want to move forward.”
Have a look at the detailing of the designs and creations below: