One of the best uses for 3D printing is creating time period elements for costumes such as lace, buttons and armor. So, it should not come as a surprise that the beautiful blending of African and futurism details in Black Panther use this tech. The woman bringing the research, thought and design to these creations is Ruth E. Carter, and a post on All3DP provides the details.
Many of the costumes featured in the film utilize African lace, but the 3D printed components add a new layer of detail to the fabric. In the interview with Afropunk, Carter explains how they used 3D printing to add textures and patterns to clothing of the characters:
“Part of our process was, you know, we used different techniques to create textures and prints and patterns and one of the ways superheroes are created, we 3D print on fabric which allows you to have a surface that could look beaded but it’s actually molded or screens on fabric. It has a hype to it so that you can make it look like anything.”
One of the most ornate pieces is the crown and mantle worn by the character Ramonda in the film. It had to be printed in Belgium using a special flexible material created by a UCLA professor. All of these pieces give the movie a bold style, but the real story is found in the culture of Africa. Please do read the interview on Afropunk where Ms. Carter explains the connection of nature, ceremony and Afropunk with the costume designs. I know I’ll be spending extra time scanning Black Panther for all these details!
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