3D Printed Fashion Competition?

At the London Fashion week, a winner of the 2013 International Woolmark Prize has been announced in February ’13. Christian Wijnants of Antwerp, Belgium will not only receive the 100,000 Australian dollar prize, but his collection will be carried by top retailers worldwide.

The International Woolmark Prize was started in the 1930′s by a NGO collaborative of wool manufacturers as a way to not only highlight innovations in wool fabrics, and to encourage design, but also to grow the world demand of wool, especially though fashion and apparel. The International Woolmark Prize has helped to launch a number of designers including Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent.

It is fascinating to see how such international competitions help to motivate and spur innovation in the fashion industry. In the 3d printing world, competitions are also a vehicle to promote the field, encourage the innovation and especially development of new materials, and to help develop new 3D Printing design talent.

When it comes to 3d printing and fashion, i.Materialise has been a leader in proposing international challenges. These challenges have helped to bring to light a number of amazing 3d printing fashion designers, and have stretched the imagination when it comes to 3d printed accessories. Some of i.Materialise past competitions have included the Hats Off to 3D Printing Challenge, as well as Metal Accessories Challenge, The Bead Design Challenge, and the i.materialise Jewelry Design Challenge. The winning designs of these challenges have been displayed in widely publicised and covered by international press fashion shows, such as the summer 2013 3D Printed Fashion show in Malaysia, the first ever fashion show to take place in Asia.

Shapeways also has promoted a number of contests, most notably the iPhone accessory contest, with some interesting results.

Yet as individual companies, there is only so much that i.Materialise and Shapeways can do. What is needed now is an industry collaborative, an association of 3d printing companies, 3d printing suppliers, and others involved in the Additive Manufacturing/Rapid Prototyping/ 3d Printing field.

Such a collaborative would allow these companies to come together to form an organization for promotion of the additive manufacturing industry, much as the wool industry has done. Among perhaps more ambitious goals of setting industry standards and quality measures, such an association could announce an annual fashion competition with a substantial (for the winning designer) prize. How much would such a competition help to find amazing designers, and bring the 3d printing to the forefront of fashion!

Now, any thoughts on how to make this happen?

Designer Fashion Accessories – Gucci Men’s Belts

Introduction: High style and detailed workmanship are commonly associated with Gucci products. Founded in 1921, the Gucci Design House opened their first store in Florence, Italy. In a short time they were regarded as a premier fashion designer of handbags and accessories. To this day, Gucci is highly regarded around the world for their simple, classic fashion designs. The descriptions of the selected Gucci men’s belts will give you information about the features for some of the most popular Gucci belts.

The signature Gucci Blue and White Web Belt is a favored Gucci product. It features blue/white/blue stripes with a gold-brushed, brass buckle sporting an engraved Gucci design. Authenticity cards and original dust cover are included. This belt is made in Italy. Sizes: 36 inches and 38 inches. Strap width: 3″W.

The Gucci Designer Black Leather Belt with G shaped, slide buckle in hammered silver is unique. It features an eye-catching, large initial “G” on the buckle front. Authenticity cards and original dust cover are included. This belt is made in Italy. Size: 38 inches

The Gucci Men’s Designer Leather Slider Belt, in rich brown leather, has a slide style buckle. The Gucci trademark is embossed on the leather buckle front and edged with distressed silver-colored hardware. This casual belt is perfect with jeans and a T-shirt or khakis and a button down. The belt is made in Italy. Size: 40 inches.

The Gucci Designer D Ring Leather Belt is crafted from brown, pebble leather. The belt is hand stitched. The classic, large D-ring belt buckle makes this finely crafted belt one that would look smart paired with any casual slacks. This belt is made in Italy. Size: 34 inches.

The Gucci Black Leather Belt is stylish simplicity. The modern, masculine lines of the understated, gold-hardware buckle makes this Gucci belt the perfect go-to, tasteful piece for any wardrobe. The belt is made in Italy. Sizes: 36 inches and 42 inches.

The Gucci Designer Brown Leather Belt with rectangular buckle in gold-tone and black enamel is a striking accessory. The Gucci logo is imprinted on the enamel coated buckle. It is a classic piece that can be dressed up with a suit or dressed down with a pair of denim jeans. The belt is made in Italy. Size: 38 inches.

Elegant is the proper term for the Gucci Men’s Designer Dress Belt in beautiful, black, pebbled leather. The fashionable buckle is black enamel on silver-tone hardware. A small Gucci logo is imprinted on the buckle. This wardrobe staple works with a range of styles: with a business suit, with casual jeans, or with any in-between slacks. Its versatility makes it a terrific travel accessory. The belt is made in Italy. Size: 38 inches.

The Gucci Designer Dress Belt in fabulous, dark brown, patent leather with a gold-tone, rectangle buckle is the perfect finish for the well dressed man. This belt is made in Italy. Size: 40 inches

The buckle design on the Gucci Crest Emblem Designer Leather Belt is artwork! The gold-tone hardware with chevron cut-outs and the Gucci crest emblem detail embossed on the buckle is stunning. It is made in black or brown leather. The belt is made in Italy. Sizes: 38 inches, 40 inches and 44 inches.