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Bride Wears World’s First 3D-Printed Wedding Dress by Iris van Herpen


Mariana Pavani in her wedding dress by Iris van Herpen. Image / @mppavani
Mariana Pavani in her wedding dress by Iris van Herpen. Image / @mppavani
Choosing a wedding dress is always a considered and sometimes time-consuming task. But for one bride, a custom-made solution took a different tack.

At her recent São Paulo wedding, Brazilian lawyer Mariana Pavani donned a stunning 3D-printed gown created by Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen.

The high-neck dress with delicate, detailed neckline, fitted bodice and sweeping skirt was created by the designer, famed for her innovative and avant-garde designs that blend fashion, technology, and art. It is believed to be the first 3D-printed wedding dress.


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Created with flexible nylon polymer and taking the designer and her team 600 hours to create in software and 41 hours to print, the dress has no seams. Pavani underwent a 3D scan of her body to ensure a perfect fit, as well as fittings for the base dress beneath which lines up perfectly with the 3D printed design.

“This was really a dream project for me, because 3D-printed fashions are in museums, and on runways, but having it worn by someone on the most special day of her life, I think it’s really something else,” van Herpen said in an interview with Women’s Wear Daily.


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The respected designer says she loves the contrast between the dresses sculptural elements and its fluidity and movement.

She says the potential for 3D-printing in fashion has come a long way, taking scientists many years of innovation and “stress tests” to overcome “limitations on the durability of the flexibility.”

Van Herpen created her first wearable 3D-pinted piece in 2010 and now regularly creates collections of garments using high-tech fabrications including the method.


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Pavani, who along with her new husband Roberto Toscano, posted multiple photos from their wedding showing off the stunning dress, revealed she was emotional when she saw the final design.

“It was hard to contain my tears,” Pavani confessed of the dress after originally approaching the designer because she and her fiancé we captivated by her work. “We had achieved everything I was hoping for… The final design makes me feel powerful and feminine, a very unique and singular look.”


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