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Fold the Interfashionality: 3D-printed Costumes for Beijing Opera

28 November 2017 to 3 December 2017


Hockney Gallery, Stevens Building.

Watch the project film here

Royal College of Art PhD candidates present innovative 3D printed and pleated costumes for Beijing Opera and a week long exhibition from 28 November - 3 December 2017.

Mixing new technology with traditional craft, PhD researchers from the RCA, Mingjing Lin and Tsai-Chun Huang, utilise the newest developments in 3D printing and traditional Eastern pleating to create a never-before-seen costumes for an exclusive performance of Farewell My Concubine by Beijing Opera singers at the RCA on 1 December 2017. This performance will inform wider research into the relationship between movement, the body and fashion.

This research project examines the future of bringing together 3D printing with pleating and the performance of traditional Beijing opera (or Peking Opera) by creating new pioneering costume. These keep the same shape and form of traditional costumes, but offer more subtlety by using monochrome colours and less embellishment, in keeping with contemporary aesthetics. The 3D-printed parts have been printed using a ground-breaking SLS (selective laser sintering) technique from 3D printers Sinterit creating pleated and woven garments that are as soft and pliable as textiles.  

Performance: Friday 1 December, 8–8.30pm. Please RSVP to or if you would like to attend.

Watch the project film here.