August 4, 2021

EU Fashion Designer uses new technology to produce sustainable collection

Ganit Goldstein, a London based fashion and textile designer presents a 3D printed garment collection crafted from sustainably sourced fabrics and plastics. In an effort to move away from the mass production of fast fashion, the collection was created using bespoke body measurements from a 360 degree body scanner. The result is a cutting edge concept of personalized garment production, made to last, that will perfectly fit the individuals form.

In a move to revolutionize the fashion production of the future, Ganit Goldstein was included in an EU Horizon 2020 Re-Fream grant for selected designers who were chosen to design collections that challenge the current fashion industries production methods.

Ganit who has been studying on the prestigious ‘Soft Systems’ textile MA course at London’s Royal College of Art, has produced a 7 look collection named ‘WeAreAble’. The collection is inspired by traditional Japanese techniques and Ikat weaving, using a unique combination of hand crafted methods and a combination of past and future technologies. Ganit is one of the fashion industries first designers to have worked with such technology and worked in collaboration with Stratasy’s 3D multicolour printing and other tech partners Haratech for 3D body scanning and Profactor materials. Two outfits produced using Stratasys J850 new technique of printing onto fabric, using unique combination of colours and materials including the vero clear new transparent material launched this year. These two outfits present a hybrid working process of embroidery and 3D printing technology; this is a unique approach for the future of 3D printing in the world of textiles.

The process of production begins with Ganit using a body scanner with a ‘depth’ camera to get full body measurements from the individual. Each garment is then crafted from 3D to 2D CAD manipulations which create a single, precise piece of fabric for the garment, meaning there is less need for multiple seams and fabrics to create a single garment. The collection focuses on a sustainable approach using 3D printing without any support or waste materials.
Ganit had planned to launch the collection at Berlins annual ‘wear it summit ‘exhibition, but with new social distancing laws in place, she has worked with tech company Intel Corporation to help engineer a virtual reality technology that creates a realistic 360 exhibition space to display the collection. This allows the audience to view the 3D collection in augmented reality via her website.

Goldstein hopes that this cutting edge personalised process will offer an eco-friendly alternative to customers looking to move away from the fast fashion industry. Goldstein comments, ‘The new reality of Covid-19 has pushed me and my partners to think about new possibilities to change the fashion industries current systems. I was inspired to create the collections using these cutting edge techniques after seeing the devastating impact fast fashion has on the environment. Buying multiple cheaper items not only has an overwhelming effect on the planet it also means lower quality items which the wearer will be unlikely to wear more than once. Making one quality, classic piece which fits the individual perfectly means a more sustainable approach to fashion. I hope that given the technologies we now have available to us, designers will work towards creating fewer, bespoke pieces and we can enjoy fashion without impacting the planet’.

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