SMART WARDROBE / Prototype Dress #4 for Compostable Fashion


This is an exclusive outfit, that was specially designed for the September edition of Première Vision Paris 

It will be showcased at Première Vision New York in January, in the Smart Creation Area

Heisel dress

Bi-color sheath dress in grey and red biodegradable composite resin


Created from hand drawn illustrations that have been rendered in additive manufacturing design software.  The dress is 3D printed without any waste – only the actual dress parts were made – nothing was cut out and zero waste was created.

The used material is WillowFlex, this unique elastomeric bioplastic is made from compostable raw materials (the base component is non-GMO corn starch) that have passed the U.S. (ASTM D6400) and E.U. (EN 13432) standards for compostability.  


The E.U. compostability standard (EN 13432) states that the material can be recycled through the composting of organic solid waste and includes:

  • A biodegradation level of at least 90% in less than 6 months.
  • Disintegratable with test material greater >2 mm less than 10% of the original mass
  • Absence of negative effects on the composting process
  • Low levels of heavy metals and absence of negative effects through a plant growth test.


These certifications are based on industrial level composting – so the speed from a backyard compost pile will be different but it will yield the same end result, the material returning to the soil.

The base material is from Green Dot Bioplastics in Kansas, USA. The company that makes it into WillowFlex filament is BioInspiration in Berlin. 

The dress is produced by 3D printing, an additive manufacturing process of manufacturing a part by depositing material layer by layer following a tool-path controlled by a computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software package.

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