(Courtesy Stephania Stefanakou)

A model in the 3D printed crop top and shape changing skirt. (Courtesy Stephania Stefanakou)

A recent Ryerson fashion communication graduate, Stephania Stefanakou, is creating an affordable 3D and wearable technology clothing line.

The young designer described her creative wearable 3D clothing as “actually functional to wear every day.”

Stefanakou is designing a six-piece collection that combines 3D printing and tactile fabric as a part of the Design Fabrication Zone (DFZ) incubator. She will use 3D-printed designs for embellishments and embroidery on her clothing creations.

“It’s going to be an actual fashion line like what you see at fashion week,” she said.

For her thesis project last spring, Stefanakou created a 3D-printed flexible crop top using FilaFlex, an elastic filament.

She uses this material  because “it just allows the wearer to have more movements,” she said.

“I don’t want people to be too stiff.”

The DFZ caught wind of her project and offered her a chance to begin a startup to continue working on 3D-printed clothing.

(Courtesy Stephania Stefanakou)

Stafanakou created a 3D-printed crop top. (Courtesy Stephania Stefanakou)

Stefanakou also wanted to know how companies market their products to women consumers.

It took her eight months to research and now, her target market is women.

She has also previously worked on other creative projects with smart technology and materials, including a skirt made with shape memory alloys.

The skirt changes shape when room temperatures fluctuate and either shortens when the environment  heats up, or gets longer when the room turns cold.

Stefanakou’s inspiration for her collection sparked from working for the Wearable Art Show, which features creative fashion designs by Canadian artists.

She’s aiming to launch three pieces of her collection in December.

Currently, Stefanakou is also assisting other students with their 3D and wearable technology projects at the Digital Media Experience Zone (DME).

Op-Ed & Voices Editor for The Ryersonian.

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