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PhD students create operatic costumes with 3D-printing

2017/12/26 18:48:47

Huang Tsai-chun (黃才駿, right)

London, Dec. 26 (CNA) Using 3D printing technology to make theater costumes is the latest venture combining fashion and technology by two Royal College of Art PhD students.

Taiwanese Huang Tsai-chun (黃才駿) and Chinese Lin Mingjing (藺明淨), both Fashion and Textile PhD students, debuted their 3D-printed fashion pieces for an exclusive performance of "Farewell My Concubine" by Beijing Opera singers at the Royal College of Art, London, earlier this month.

When the two came together, Huang, a specialist in pleating and Lin a specialist in 3D printing thought about the different ways to integrate their skills and what medium that would involve.

They decided on Chinese opera, the Taiwan national said, explaining that the importance of movement in theater performances allowed them to demonstrate how 3D printing technology showcases the mobility and lines of the fashion pieces created.

Instead of the bright colors that typically characterize operatic costumes, the PhD candidates opted for a dark palette of gray and black that focuses on the design of the clothes.

According to Lin, the printed costumes allow for mobility and flexibility so that even actors with sword-wielding scenes feel comfortable.

(By Tai Ya-chen and Kuan-lin Liu)