3D printing is new to the world of fashion, there have been accessories and designs produced using the technique for some time now. What is new, is the growing 3D trend as more and more designers choose to experiment and create with the technology. From Silicon Valley Fashion Week to the catwalk for recent graduates from the Nanjing University of the Arts in China, we are witnessing an authentic explosion of creativity. Beauty, technique and the surprise effect now go hand in hand. At So Catchy! Where Fashion Begins, we’ve made a selection of 5 designers you should keep an eye out for.

Bradley Rothenberg




Bradley Rothenberg‘s objective is to bring the world of 3D printing to fashion, to make it more accessible and viable. He focuses his efforts on designing pieces that would be impossible without the technology and he helps well-known brands incorporate 3D into their designs.

Heidi Lee


Heidi Lee known around the world for her “Endless Echo Hat”, this designer, graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has done more than the cap with multiple faces, she also makes hats and hair ornaments, all with 3D printing.

Melinda Looi




Melinda Looi is a popular designer, originally from Malaysia, for her textile collections but for the last few years, she has been experimenting with 3D printing to create garments and accessories in collaboration with Materialise. Winner of numerous awards and recognitions, her lates work, the dress “Dive Into Me” from the “Gems of the Ocean” collection has caught the attention of the world as it is the first dress printed whole and at one time and is covered with 5,000 Swarovski crystals.

Kiara Gounder

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Kiara Gounder studied at the Durban University of Tchnology and her designs for necklaces are leaving everyone with their mouths open. The young creative, inspired by nature, uses organic lines to create her accessories with 3D printing. Her objective is to motivate other designers in Africa to use the new technology in their work.

Noa Raviv



And finally, we couldn’t write about 3D printing without mentioning Noa Raviv, who brought to life those marvelous computational design errors using 3D printing. If you want to know more about her, check out the interview she gave us at So Catchy! back in February.

Header image from Nanjing University of the Arts Graduate Show courtesy of Chinanews.com

All other images courtesy of the designers

Translation and Layout by Michael Padilla