Versace Experiments with 3-D Printing in Couture

Versace Experiments with 3-D Printing in Couture

Donatella Versace injects a technological advancement into a traditionally handmade craft.

Donatella Versace injects a technological advancement into a traditionally handmade craft.

Text: Christina Cacouris

Donatella Versace dips her toe into the constantly-growing world of 3-D printing for Atelier Versace’s latest couture collection, uncharacteristically shown behind closed doors in an intimate presentation. Technology’s intersection with fashion has been a hot topic since the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s wildly successful Manus X Machina exhibit last year, alongside couture’s traditionally hand-crafted requirements expanding to fit new definitions and technologies thanks to the likes of Iris van Herpen’s rise on the couture scene.

For Versace’s Fall couture presentation, baroque is the word. Heavy with bronze shades and chainmail-esque fabrics, it’s at once vampy and antique, but true to the Italian house’s heritage comes complete with snake-like belts (one of the 3D creations), a motif inherent to the Medusa image so closely associated with the brand. It’s also a nod to Versace’s 1998 collection and corresponding dark Steven Meisel campaign, but this couture showing added softness and romance with fabrics in pale pink, baby blue, and a few cream-colored jackets and dresses alongside the heavier bronze offerings. The looks were complete with wine-colored lips and slicked-back hair.

Take a look at the collection in the slideshow below.

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