The talk focused on material innovation in fashion, exploring the rise of 3D printed fabrics. Chaired by Disegno's editor-in-chief Johanna Agerman Ross, the talk saw three panellists discuss 3D printing's impact on fashion in the light of Pringle of Scotland's use of the technology in its last two collections, autumn/winter 2014 and spring/summer 2015. These collections used 3D printing to create light and durable nylon chainmail and weave it into its traditional knits.
Joining Agerman Ross on the panel were Pringle's head of design Massimo Nicosia, architect Richard Beckett (with whom Nicosia has collaborated on integrating 3D printed materials into Pringle's design), and Caroline Till, the course leader of Central Saint Martins' Material Futures MA.
Material Change was a wide-ranging discussion. The panellists debated not only the development and limitations of 3D printing technology, but also how they saw it affecting the fashion industry in future years. All agreed that the technology should be seen as a tool that supplements those already available to designers and that fashion houses would increasingly utilise the technology in the years ahead.
The talk was prompted by Pringle's work with the technology and garments from its spring/summer 2015 collection which were exhibited in the Mount Street Store. Accompanying these garments was an exhibition of work by graduates from the Material Futures MA. Under Till's direction, this course has grown into a progressive force in the examination of materiality within design. Its students' work was a fitting accompaniment to Pringle's garments.
Material Change was filmed in its entirety and the resultant film is now available at the top of this page.