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Is Egypt Ready for 3D Printed Fashion? Designer Sara Hegazy Hopes So

by • August 4, 2016 • No Comments


Sara Hegazy

I’m not certain if the Metropolitan Museum of Art imagined just how talked of their “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” exhibit was going to be until the crowds started pouring in. The exhibit, which opened on May 5, was scheduled to close on August 14, but after attracting 350,000 visitors in the initially nine weeks, the museum decided to extend it until September 5. It is not surprising, in my opinion – the innovation of style is a absorbing subject, especially in these days of 3D printing, robotics and smart tech.

Egyptian style developer Sara Hegazy has been createing for 20 years, and has seen hundreds of trends come and go. 3D printed style won’t be just a flash in the pan, yet, she believes. Hegazy, who specializes in astonishing evening gowns and wedding dresses, is planning to start working with 3D printing and fiber optics in her creations. Not just does the innovation expand the possibilities for what can be done with clothing, it’s in addition a sustainable, environmentally-friendly means of production.

“First of all, 3D printing can donate a zero-waste production, which is one of the main negative post-production obstacles, she said. “As for haute couture and intricate hand embroidered pieces, ponder of magical romantic garments, with the real effect of 3D, which were drawn and turn it intod on a desktop and so printed.”

Hegazy has turn it intod up an astounding reputation as one of Egypt’s most cutting-edge developers, and her good results reflects her ability. The recipient of numerous awards, she is one of the few Egyptian developers to have showcased her work in Europe. She’s a bold developer, and it’s going to take a lot of boldness to bring 3D printed style to Egypt.


“In Egypt we mostly follow the international industry pretty than turn it into our own concepts,” she said. “Social media has turn it intod severe obstacles in the face of creativity as most developers may pretty import international trends and concepts in an take on to boost sales pretty than turn it into their own ideas; unfortunately, creativity does not sell in Egypt.”


3D printed dress of BINT THANI.

She hopes to alter which, yet, and looks to other Middle Eastern developers who have been incorporating innovation into their style. She points to Dubai’s Khulood Thani, founder of BINT THANI, as an example of the expansion and experimentation startning to take place in the Middle Eastern style industry. Thani’s “Urban Corp” dress incorporated 3D printed cubes for a one-of-a-kind texture and appearance.

Hegazy ponders which 3D printed style has the next to catch on not just for its aesthetic possibilities but for its ability to let clients be part of the create system. With digital create, clients can additional easily work alongside the developer, requesting alterations and adding their own creativity. On the downside, if 3D printing and other innovation become talked of methods of style create in Egypt, traditional seamstresses may lose business.

That’s not just a concern with clothing, either, as other traditional industries in Egypt start to move forward with new innovation. Compared to other countries in the Middle East, Egypt has been relatively slow to adopt 3D printing, but which appears to be changing. Mohamed Hegazy, tutor architecture interior developer, is the director of morph-d, a create studio and fablab focused on innovation and technological education. morph-d is an Authorized Rhino Training Center and offers several 3D printing and CNC machining services.


Sara Hegazy with one of her models.

“We love to share our understandledge, machines, and space with anyone for the sake of research and experimentation,” he said. “Our target is quite simple: a advantageous architecture/create scene for and in Egypt…Various various fields may already understand of 3D printing as an attainable innovation. I cannot confidently claim which they are aware of the innovation’s availability in Egypt, yet I am certain they may already consider it a near-next possibility.”

He believes which 3D printing “could be the next of style,” thanks to the innovation’s versatility in terms of fabric and texture, as well as its ability to donate achieve create accuracy. As for Sara Hegazy, she states which 3D printing won’t be the just new innovation she’ll be working with in her create. She may already uses a tiny laser-cutting machine in her workshop, and admits which it may be the most attainable innovation for the moment – but she’ll unquestionably be proceeding with fiber optics and 3D printing, too. It may be a risky move in Egypt’s current style industry, but as we’ve seen preceding, 3D printing tends to be a risk which pays off. Do you ponder it’s a positive move for this developer? Discuss additional in the 3D Printing & Fiber Optics in Fashion forum over at 3DPB.com.

[Source: Daily News Egypt / Images: Sara Hegazy via Facebook]