How can advanced fabrication methods become more nuanced?


This project aims to investigate and improve the comfort of 3D printed materials. Combining handcrafted garment traditions and digital manufacturing is a necessary step to solving problems of overproduction in the fashion industry.

This dress draws on the idea that 3D printing technologies can enable on-demand preparation of a garment, in contrast to the wasteful process of producing speculative amounts of clothing.


tactileDress is a draped dress consisting of an intricate combination of multiple sheets of silk fabric and 3D printed geometries in the form of rigid plastic fibers. Different printing formations were used to explore how the geometry influences the tactile experience, resulting in new and comfortable structures.

tactileDress is now exhibited simultaneously at the Dutch Design Week (DDW) in Eindhoven, Netherlands and as part of the exhibition Exploration en impression 3D, in Quebec city, Canada:

DDW – Design United, Klokgebouw Hall 3, stand 3.16,
Eindhoven, Netherlands
from 19th to 27th october 2019.

Exploration en impression 3D, Maison Hamel-Bruneau,
Quebec city, Canada
from 25th september to 15th december 2019.


Co-creation: Danielle Martin, Zjenja Doubrovski, Dolores Hilhorst.

tactileDress is a collaboration between researchers from Fashion in the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) at Ryerson University and Applied Lab in the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology.