Recently, the 2019 Academy Awards ceremony was held on February 24, 2019 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. American fashion designer Ruth E. Carter's "Black Panther" won the Best Costume Design Award. It is worth mentioning that the Panthers are one of the highest-paid movies in 2018.
Ruth E. Carter teamed up with Julia Koerner to create the mantelpiece and crown of the protagonist Ramona in the film. “According to Ruth Carter's original costume design sketch, I developed a series of African-style 3D designs and designed Zulu hats and shoulders to give them the corresponding elements in the pattern. What's important is that fashion items look It's not like hand-made, it combines the technical appearance of the computer's parameterization through algorithm. So we use visual programming software to develop the geometry of the fragments and make various attempts. We have jointly developed what we can imagine. The most advanced, digitally designed wearable device.
In the actual production of costume props, Koerner worked with the Belgian company Materialise. “ The technology we use is laser sintering, a powder-based 3D printing technology that delivers the highest level of design freedom because no support is needed,” explains Koerner. “The garment item is made of PA 12, a polyamide material that gives us a high degree of accuracy, flexibility and strength. The material is also very suitable for skin contact, making it an ideal choice for fashion and fashion design.
The neck accessories are inspired by African-inspired elements, as well as the evening dresses of Balenciaga in the 1950s and the work of the Mali photographer SeydouKeïta. The design itself was completely custom made for Ruth E. Carter, starting with a 3D scan of her head and shoulders. Then use SLS technology to perform 3D printing on the design using Materialize in PA 12, then hand-embellish the ornament with Swarovski crystals.
The crystal decoration on the work makes the whole work more refined. This is also the first time this trickle crystal has been performed on a 3D print: it is the perfect combination of digital and traditional craftsmanship,” Koerner explains.