As we tell our stories across our various social networks, the words we have traditionally relied upon are being supplanted by video and images. In fact, this year alone will see more photos taken than ever before, according to Adobe's VP of Digital Imaging Products, Winston Hendrickson. He notes that this shift in the form our personal storytelling now takes - combined with how Mobile, the Cloud and desktop computing have been converging - is changing our creative expression in ways that are nothing short of seismic.
The Age of Aquarius has morphed into New Dawn of Digital Media. Actually, make that the Era of the Satisfied Shoe Fiend, thanks to the high-tech magic of 3D printing.
Safely out of the dated clutches of the 1980s when it was originally developed by specialists in industrial manufacturing to prototype and replace parts, 3D printing now allows artists to easily crank out cool things. Such as sassy shoes on demand.
These towering rainbow platforms were created by NYC architect-turned-designer Francis Bitonti - who helped design and model the fully articulated gown 3D printed in nylon by Shapeways for Dita Von Teese. Bitonti intends for his new Molecule capsule collection of 3D printed kicks to be readily available for sale. "Shoes are what completes an outfit, they inspire style choices and speak to just about everyone," he explains. "I of course wanted to create a line with a sophisticated appearance and a super-modern touch." (image)
Bitonti's collaboration with Adobe and the experimental technology they've developed for Photoshop enables him to complete previously herculean and time-consuming tasks quickly, like the use of gradient color across the design. Pixel by pixel, each shoe in the collection is "grown" in the digital environment and each design offers myriad structural configurations which support the body differently. Not surprisingly, Bitonti thinks of his work as a "collaboration with artificial intelligence." Pausing for a moment from his directional leapfrogging over the current curve, he observes that although "we are moving quite rapidly as society, as far as disruptive design via luxury and fashion goes, we are rarely embracing the technological possibilities around us. It's time to move forward, and I am steering my designs and work ahead with the times...Making the impossible possible is what I live for." (image)
This far-seeing attitude and enthusiasm for incorporating "the future" into current-day design is a quintessential attribute of the Futurenetic Fashion Tribe. For more of my posts and podcasts about this tribe, CLICK HERE. To learn more about each of fashion's four mega-tribes that I track, START HERE.
- Lesley Scott