As part of our monthly industry updates, we are now also providing industry insights which lets you get a close look in to some of the key influencers, innovators and contributors to the world of Design and 3D Printing. This months edition features Danit Peleg; a fashion designer who has infused fashion and 3D Printing in unprecedented ways. We first met with Danit at the BNP Exane Disruptive Technology Conference and were curious to find out more about her work, ambitions and future plans and she kindly joined us for an interview:
Tell us a bit more about yourself – your background and how you became involved in fashion?
When I was 10 years old I attended an after school fashion course at Shenkar. My teacher was the one who inspired me. My mother also helped by buying me my own sewing machine. I started to play with it and made clothes with it. It was so much fun. I started making clothes for my brother’s rock band and from there I also did different projects for fun. So I knew early on that I’d be doing creative things with my hands, specifically with making clothes.
Later on, I was accepted to Shenkar, which is the best fashion school in Israel, and is considered number 13 in the world. I wanted to give back, and I created my own fashion school for girls aged 7-13 at my studio at home.
The fusion between fashion and 3D Printing that you have managed to achieve has been highly regarded, how did the idea come to you?
I went to Burning Man in Nevada back in 2014 and saw amazing out of this world outfits that were made with new technologies. Someone gifted me a 3d printed necklace and I got excited about it. That’s how I decided to research 3D printing for my final year in school collection.
Tell us about your team and support staff and what role they play in your work.
For sure this project is a group work. I met a super religious guy online and he helped me with modelling. We have mutual passion for creating. Filaflex saw my process in Instagram and they contacted me and sent me spools for my project. They were a big help! I also found a small makers space and learned about 3D printing. They gave me a key to the lab to experiment for free.
Your 3D Printed fashion pieces hold very interesting patterns and shapes, what is the basic process of creating one of your pieces?
First I would start with Accumark software. It’s a software for fashion design. Then I move all the patterns to a 3D modelling software. I cut all the pieces and then just print them and assemble them together. Just like a 3D puzzle.
If the technology does improve, then yes, this could be the future of the fashion industry. The magnitudes are huge. There will be less shipping costs and most importantly the democratization of design anyone could design clothes. And most importantly you can print it in your home. I think we will see more and more 3D printed fashion, but it will look differently than today. The filaments I produced are flexible and fun, but they are not like cotton yet. I know people are working on innovative filaments and printers so I believe it’s only a matter of time until we see better printers and more wearable materials.
What are your motivations and aspirations?
I really like to watch other makers doing their own thing and I try to think how to make textiles out of it. I also take inspiration of the things that surround me, my environment so to speak. I take pictures of complex architectures and sculptures around my urban life in Tel Aviv and now when I’m travelling with my collection I’m getting new inspiration around the world.
I have always been interested in special textiles. I have focused on making unique textiles throughout the years, and especially looked for ways to combine new technologies and fashion. I did an internship at a fashion house in New York and their collection included two 3D printed dresses that I worked on. But the dresses were made out of hard plastics and using industrial printers. The models couldn’t sit with the dresses, and the dresses scratched their underarms. I know that the key property for textiles is for it to be soft so for my graduate collection I decided to research the field and print this collection from home.
Do you have any role models?
I do. Iris Van Herpen. Van Herpen’s work is always fascinating to me and inspiring.
Is there a particular brand/individual who you would like to collaborate with?
I think it would be Balmain. I hope to have a chance and an opportunity to collaborate with Olivier Rousteing. BALMAIN makes unique and trendy textiles, which are extremely fine and desirable.
Do you have any interesting projects coming up?
I do actually. Currently I am working on a swimsuit line. If you’d like to know more about it, stay tuned!
Will you be hosting/participating in any events during 2016?
There are a few events I am participating in. I’m going to Moscow next month for a fashion show. Then I’m going to Berlin for the Global Female Leader 2016. This year I will also be in Finland, Singapore and many more. 2016 is starting right!