Bridal Fashion Would you wear a 3D printed wedding dress?

Going to the couturiers to have your wedding gown sewn may soon be a thing of the past for brides, thanks to a company in China that is now making 3D printed bridal dresses.

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Going to the couturiers to have your wedding gown sewn may soon be a thing of the past for brides, thanks to a company in China that is now making 3D printed bridal dresses.

The new technology which was unveiled last weekend at the TCT + Personalize Asia exhibition Shanghai, showed dresses created using advanced technologies and nylon powder, rather than silks, lace and chiffon.

During their presentation, the designers claimed that the dresses are soft to touch, comfortable to wear and also durable.

Created by Chinese 3D printing specialists, Xuberance, who also make ties, hair pins, jewellery and home accessories using the technology, the dresses could signal fashion of the future.

Unlike the usual bridal gowns made with fabrics by couturiers, these dresses are made through a process called Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). The dress 'fabric' is constructed by using lasers to fuse together the nylon powder, slowly building up the material in layers.

Xuberance is also applying its innovative digital technology to other things besides dresses and accessories.

Though details have not been disclosed, a 3D printed wedding cake and sugar flowers were also on display at the exhibition.

However, these new technological creations don't come cheap. A 3D printed veil created using the same process currently costs 20,000 Chinese yuan (approximately N638,449.48), while a metallic effect headpiece retails at 5,000 yuan (around N159,613.11) in the company's online shop.

The dresses are, as with the most sought-after haute couture bridal designers, being given the 'price on request' treatment, but since they each take a week to 'print out', costs are likely to be high.

Would you go for a 3D printed wedding dress for your big day? If yes, tell us why.

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