“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
Imagine wearing an outfit that was made without an inch of thread.
Now, imagine wearing something that was created solely with biodegradable filament and a 3D printer and pen. Can you picture it?
Enter Julia Daviy. On a mission to transform the fashion industry, her groundbreaking 3D fashion designs make the impossible possible: wearable technology that is sustainable, cruelty-free and catwalk ready.
Driven by her desire to minimize the social and environmental impacts of the design and manufacturing industry, Julia’s fully biodegradable 3D clothes are at the cutting edge of a new wave of forward-thinking fashion.
With a firm belief that there’s more to clothes than how they look, she began experimenting with 3D printing in 2016. Today, Julia – who was born in Ukraine and is based in the US – is putting her background in environmental science and clean technology to the test with a line of innovative 3D printed clothes.
Determined to steer the future of fashion into a new era of sustainable development, her exquisite designs are creative, zero impact and eliminate the exploitation of people, animals and the planet.
Is 3D fashion set to change the industry?
Confident that 3D technology is the most sustainable method of revolutionizing most industries, Julia is harnessing the transformational power of 3D printing for her fashion innovations.
Cars, houses and prosthetics have already been created using 3D printers – so why not clothes too? However, despite its potential to refashion design manufacturing in the years to come, Julia estimates that she is one of just ten designers worldwide using 3D technology to bring their visions to life.
Her primary goal is sustainability, which she achieves using PLA, a type of filament produced with cornstarch that is flexible and biodegradable. She is also keen to reduce waste and environmental footprints across the sector.
Between buying fabric in one country, transferring the product to another for customization purposes and delivering the final creation to customers, the impact on the planet is significant – not to mention that a huge proportion of the textiles used at the beginning of the manufacturing process simply go to waste.
By contrast, 3D fashion doesn’t rely on any kind of fabric or labour. All it takes is a 3D pen or printer, lashings of creativity – and time!
“3D modeling could take anywhere from a day of work to a month or even more, depending on what you create and how complicated the model is.”
While change is slow, it’s certainly on the horizon. There are currently more than eighty types of material for 3D printers on the market, but Julia forecasts this number is set to drastically increase in the future as the technology becomes more advanced.
She firmly believes that 3D printing technology will ultimately establish itself as a fundamental tool for designers and artists across the globe – and there are even whispers of 3D fashion’s potential to eventually replace traditional clothes manufacturing altogether.
“Filament is not ready to replace fabric completely just yet,” she says, “but it’s only a matter of time.”
One example of her work is a top and skirt combination created from vegetable-based plastic, which looks like leather but is faster, cheaper and more eco-friendly to produce than leather itself.
Furthermore, the electronic body scanning that goes hand-in-hand with 3D fashion means that pieces created with 3D printers are guaranteed to be a perfect fit.
Consumer to Creator: Julia’s pioneering vision for future fashion designs
Julia’s impressive innovations are not only on the cutting edge of sustainable fashion, but are also delicate, feminine and symbolic of some of the world’s most pressing environmental issues.
Her parametric Black Ocean Dress, which took 80 hours to complete, is made with flexible, biodegradable filament and highlights her keen ambition to draw attention to the world’s endangered oceans.
The texture and design of this bespoke and intricate 3D printed dress is reminiscent of sea stars and jellyfish, which she hopes will shine a light on problems facing our oceans such as overfishing, coral bleaching and plastic pollution.
Julia strongly believes that the methods she is pioneering today are well within the grasp of consumers.
“Anyone can be a 3D fashion designer,” she concludes. “With new, low-cost options like 3D pens, all you need to get started is your imagination. Consumers could also purchase pre-made design files and simply print them out at home.”
She hopes that putting the power to create directly in the hands of the consumer will ultimately contribute to resolving the social and environmental concerns stemming from cheap, mass-manufactured clothing.