Fashion designers Gabi Asfour, Angela Donhauser, and Adi Gil have gone all out with their 2014 fashion collection. Earlier this month they featured their new spring/summer line and it includes pieces produced with laser cutting and 3D printing.
The trio, which runs the fashion company threeASFOUR were inspired by religion and geometry when they created their "Mer Ka Ba" collection. Each of the three syllables of the collection name represents a sacred religious concept and the geometric patterns included in their designs were drawn from religious architecture. "We were fascinated by the geometry of the different tiling systems in mosques, churches, and synagogues," designer Adi Gil said. "They actually make a lot of sense next to each other, so we chose to mix them together – it's a way to create and express unity."
The three designers come from Lebanon, Tajikistan and Israel and they are using their designs as a way to meld those backgrounds and highlight the similarities between diverse religions. The use of 3D printing and laser cutting to produce their designs adds a cutting-edge theme to the mix and allows the trio to explore complex geometric patterns they otherwise would not have been able to include.
Two of the dresses in the collection were composed almost entirely of 3D printed pieces. The physical printing of the dresses was outsourced to Materialise, a company with a solid history of 3D printing haute couture for the catwalk.