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While New York Fashion Week marches on, let’s take a moment to look at where the future of the fashion industry should and shouldn’t go.
Should: Into the world of 3D printing.
Shouldn’t: Into the world of harsher copyright protection.
Over the weekend, the 3D printing group Shapeways kicked off Fashion Week with the unveiling of a collaboratively designed 3D printed gown. The metallic creation, modeled by Dita Von Teese and designed by Francis Bitoni and Michael Schmidt (of Lady Gaga’s famous bubble dress), exhibited printing technology that suggests a fashion forward future of extraordinary creativity from within the industry.
That is, if Congress doesn’t pass a law applying copyright protection to clothing designs.