From Westport Maker Faire to the Runway

TV fashion competitions like Project Runway remind us that all great designers begin with a bolt of fabric and a DIY moment. Find out how the Maker Movement is catapulting the fashion industry into uncharted territory at the Westport Mini Maker Faire. Ellen Gang, acclaimed Connecticut-based designer and instructor at Sacred Heart University and FIT, will demonstrate draping fabric on a dress form to construct exquisite garments at this year’s Maker Faire.

Lotus Top by ThreeForm
Lotus Top by ThreeForm is available for sale at

Then, make way for the technology! Demonstrating maker ThreeForm is a design company that creates custom wearable art that fits a person’s exact measurements using 3D body scans and 3D printing.

Tech savvy supermodel Coco Rocha on the Shapeways production floor
Tech savvy supermodel Coco Rocha on the Shapeways production floor

Shapeways is a 3D printing service that is revolutionizing the fashion industry and will also have a booth at Westport Mini Maker Faire. Just this morning, supermodel Coco Rocha visited Shapeways’ NYC factory to witness how today’s designers print jewelry directly into metal, and fabricate full gowns for Hollywood stars.

The world’s first fully articulated 3D printed gown was printed by Shapeways, dyed, and adorned with 12,000 Swarovski crystals. Watch this video to see how the dress went from inspiration, to fabrication, to being worn by style icon Dita Von Teese.

Glass bead rings by Lavender Dawn
Glass bead rings by Lavender Dawn

Alongside the 3D printers will be Lavender Dawn with an oxy-propane torch turning hot glass into stunning accessories. Glass artisan Dawn Lombard Manning creates dimensional glass beads under a flame, cools them in a kiln, and designs wearable jewelry. Not only will you see Dawn in action at the Maker Faire, you can learn more about joining her bead making workshops at Brookfield Craft Center.

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