THE SPOROPHYTE COLLECTION, 2015
By Julia Koerner, in collaboration with STRATASYS
Produced on a Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 3D Printer
Materials: TangoBlackPlus and VeroBlack
The Sporophyte Collection is comprised of three ready-to-wear, high-end fashion pieces including the Hymenium Jacket, the Kelp Jacket, and the Kelp Necklace. With an interest in biomimicry, Koerner was inspired by the intricate, natural structures found in fungi and kelp. These species were 3D scanned and the complex, three-dimensional geometries were used in the development of the garments, which were then 3D printed by Stratasys in a digital combination of rigid and rubber-like materials (TangoBlackPlus and VeroBlack). This unique blend of textures allowed Koerner to create beautifully crafted pieces that emulate the movement of wearable fashion garments. The collection is an impressive example of how 3D printing has revolutionized design possibilities in the fashion industry.