3D printing has received lots of attention over the last few years for its fascinating ability to create physical objects seemingly out of thin air—or, more specifically, a computer. Sometimes referred to as “additive manufacturing,” the process involves sequentially layering material onto a powder bed using ink-jet printer heads. Confused? Picture a sedimentary rock, albeit one whose design is left entirely up to you.
Though there has been lots of chatter surrounding 3D-printed food, medicine, automobiles, and more, there’s been less attention devoted to its sartorial potential. Part of the reason is that most 3D-printed clothing and accessories have yet to capture the eye of the mainstream—the pieces are simply too strange-looking or impractical to catch on. In fact, when beginning research for this piece, I intended to round up a host of different brands, but came up empty-handed except for one. Overall, the taste level and aesthetic are just not yet on the level of the larger fashion industry.
That brings me to Metalepsis Projects, a line launched by architects Victoria Cho and Astrid Chastka, that has succeeded in creating 3D-printed jewelry we want to wear. In collaboration with the fashion label Chromat, who was recently in the running for a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, the ladies designed custom 3D-printed chokers, cuffs, and rings that are unlike anything else on the market. Their tough-girl vibe will either amp up your already edgy style or lend interest to a softer look.
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