It took 6 months for Zac Posen, GE Additive and Protolabs a breathtaking dress proved that almost anything is possible with 3D printing. Pushing boundaries the collaboration allowed the designer to use cutting-edge technology and innovation in his sophisticated and glamorous style.“I dreamt the collection, GE Additive helped engineer it and Protolabs printed it,” said Zac Posen.
The partnership produced a total of four gowns and a headdress. Unveiled at this year’s Met Gala, the pieces were worn by British model Jourdan Dunn, actresses Nina Dobrev, Katie Holmes, Julia Garner and Bollywood actress, Deepika Padukone.
Jourdan Dunn’s custom Zac Posen x GE Additive x Protolabs rose gown featured 21 total petals, averaging 20 inches in size and weighing 1 lb. each. Every petal, which is unique, is fastened in place by a modular cage which is invisible from the outside. This dress was designed to a 3D re-creation of Jourdan’s body. The petals are made of Accura Xtreme White 200 durable plastic and printed on a stereolithography (SLA) machine. The petals are finished with primer and colour shifting automotive paint (DuPont “Twilight Fire” Chromalusion). The cage that fastens the petals is made of Titanium (Ti-64) printed on a GE Additive Arcam EBM machine. The printing and finish of the rose gown took over 1,100 hours and was printed at Protolabs’ 3D printing facility in North Carolina, one of the largest in the world.