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2016/29/1 Dress, Kinematics Petals Dress II, selective laser sintered nylon tessellated triangular panels from 3D scan, designed and made by Nervous System Inc, Somerville, Massachusetts, United States of America, 2016. Click to enlarge.

Kinematics Petals Dress II by Nervous System Inc.

Made
The Kinematics Petals Dress II is a garment produced by scanning the female form with a software application which renders the file usable in a computer aided drawing (CAD) software program. The design is inspired by petals, feathers and scales, and the interconnected elements are articulated as imbricating shells.

Petals protrude from the underlying framework of tessellated triangular panels, sheathing the body in a directional landscape of overlapping plumes. Each interlocking component of the dress is rigid, but, in aggregate, they behave as a continuous textile. The dress is 3D-printed in durable nylon plastic by selective laser sintering.The design is composed of more than 1600 unique pieces interconnected by more than 2600 hinges, and emerges from the 3D printer fully assembled and ready to wear. The significance of this garment is that it is taking an experimental creative process - 3D printed garments - and making it practical fashion wear.

The concept of 3D printing began in 1976, when the inkjet printer was developed. By 1984 adaptations on the inkjet idea went from printing with ink to printing with much more solid materials. Most industrial materials forming is either subtractive - such as routing or cutting - or uses methods of moulding materials. 3D printing is an additive method of creating form.

Damian McDonald
Curator
March 2016

Summary

Object No.

2016/29/1

Object Statement

Dress, Kinematics Petals Dress II, selective laser sintered nylon tessellated triangular panels from 3D scan, designed and made by Nervous System Inc, Somerville, Massachusetts, United States of America, 2016

Physical Description

Sleeveless dress with fitted waist and knee length full skirt. The dress is constructed of tessellated triangular panels made from selective laser sintered nylon, which has been printed by a 3D printing machine, in one piece. The petals are bright red in colour, and comprise more than 1600 unique pieces interconnected by more than 2600 hinges. Centre back fastenings with magnets.

Marks

None.

Production

Notes

This dress was created by Nervous System, Inc., in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA, in 2016, for the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

The garment was made by using 3D scans of a female body, and designing the dress in a computer aided drawing software application. The dress is 3D-printed in durable nylon plastic by selective laser sintering. While the design is composed of more than 1600 unique pieces interconnected by more than 2600 hinges, it emerges from the 3D printer fully assembled and ready to wear.

History

Notes

Nervous System was founded in 2007 by designers Jessica Rosenkranz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg in Massachusetts, USA. The studio applies technologies in design which include generative systems, 3D printing, and webGL.

The Kinematics Petal Dress II is part of a design series which began in 2014 with the aim of creating fashion garments which are both printable, and as wearable and comfortable as a conventional linen garment. The first Kinematics Dress was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The third version of the Kinematics Dress was created in March 2015 for an exhibition at the Bozar Center for Fine Arts in Brussels curated by Marta Malé-Alemany entitled 'Making A Difference / A Difference in Making'. The fourth version of the Kinematics Dress was 3D-printed in March 2015. This dress is in the permanent collection of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) commissioned Nervous System to create a new dress for the exhibition #techstyle in 2016.

This dress, Kinematics Petals Dress II, was created for the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in 2016 for the Museum's presentation of the 'Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital' exhibition.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased with funds from the MAAS Foundation, 2016

Acquisition Date

15 August 2016

Cite this Object

Harvard

Kinematics Petals Dress II by Nervous System Inc. 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 February 2021, <https://ma.as/538704>

Wikipedia

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