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'inBloom' dress

  • 2014
The InBloom dress is one of the first fully 3d printed dresses in the world and the first in Australia. It was developed and printed by XYZ workshop on an Ultimaker Desktop 3d printer using flexible PLA.

The InBloom dress is the second 3d printed garment by XYZ Workshop after the XYZ Bodice ( Hydro Shift Top). The Bodice won an international 3d printed fashion competition organised by the Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, but the difficulty and time spent modelling the Bodice led Elena Low and Kae Woei Lim to look for a simpler approach. They eventually went to Spotlight to buy a pattern which they then scanned and manipulated to create the InBloom dress.

Their objective was to make a fully 100% 3d printed piece that was not only wearable but had qualities of movement within it. They also wanted to show that 3d printed fashion was not something you can only achieve using complex 3 dimensional modelling tools or limited to large expensive commercial 3d printers.

It debuted in February 2014 at the 3D PrintShow New York 2014 alongside works by fashion designers such as Threeasfour, Francois Bitoni and Nervous Systems.

In line with XYZ Workshop's committment to the Open Source movement the datasets for printing the dress is available for download on the XYZ Workshop website.


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Object Statement

Dress, 'inBloom', 3D printed; flexible PLA, XYZ Workshop; Melbourne 2014

Physical Description

The dress is white and consists of a corset, train and skirt. The bodice is comprising a printed flower pattern and the skirt is a set of overlapping horzinal panels, The train is a simple lace like pattern with small flowers in a regular formation, fanning out as the train reaches the floor. The edge of the train is serrated to follow the pattern.





  • 2014


The inBloom dress was 3D printed on an Ultimaker desktop 3D printer at XYZ Workshops in Melbourne. The panels of the dress were designed by scanning a Spotlight pattern. Those scans were turned into 3D models with simple geometric structures.The panels were then printed and assembled on a mannequin.

The datasets that represent each panel are available for download on the XYZ Worskshop site



XYZ Workshop was formed in early 2013, by Australian Architects, Elena Low and Kae Woei Lim. They designed and made the inBloom dress in 2014. It was their second 3D printed garment.


Credit Line

Purchased with funds from the MAAS Foundation, 2016

Acquisition Date

11 October 2016

Cite this Object


'inBloom' dress 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 February 2021, <https://ma.as/539474>


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