With London Fashion week, the International Woolmark Prize 2013 winner announced in February ’13. Christian Wijnants Antwerp, Belgium will not only receive a prize of 100,000 Australian dollars, but the collection was moved by top retailers worldwide.
The International Woolmark Prize started in 1930 by an NGO collaborative wool producers as One of the ways to not only highlight the innovations in wool fabric, and to encourage the design, but also the increasing world demand for oil, especially when fashion and clothing. The International Woolmark Prize has helped to launch a number of designers including Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent.
It interesting to see how the international competition to help stimulate and encourage innovation in the fashion industry. 3d printing world, the competition is also a means to promote the field, encouraging innovation and especially the development of new materials, and to help generate new design 3D Printing talent.
When when it comes to 3D printing and fashion, i.materialise has been a leader in proposing an international challenge . These challenges help to find a number of interesting fashion designer 3D printing, and to stretch the imagination when it comes to 3D printing accessories. Some i.materialise last competition between the cap to 3D Printing Challenge, as well as Metal Accessory Challenge, The Bead Design Challenge, and i.materialise Jewelry Design Challenge. Winner of the design challenges that have been shown widely publicized and international press coverage of fashion shows, such as the summer of 2013 3D Printed Fashion show in Malaysia, the first fashion show occurred the Asia.
Shapeways also been promoted by a number of tournaments, especially the iPhone accessory contest, with some results.
Yet interesting as individual companies, there’s only so much to me. Shapeways and Materialise do. What is now needed is a collaborative industry, an associate company in 3d printing, 3d printing suppliers, and others together with Work / Rapid Prototyping / 3D Printing field.
Such collaborative allows companies to come together to form a organization for the promotion of additive manufacturing industry, the wool industry has done as much. Including perhaps more ambitious goals set industry standards and quality measures, such as the association could announce the annual fashion competition with a large (for the winning designer) prize. Competition helps a lot to find outstanding designers, and bring 3D printing to the forefront of fashion! Now, any thoughts on how to make it happen?