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Sri Lankan fashion designer Charlene Thuring, founder of c.h.a.r.l.e.n.e recently made a bride’s wildest dreams come true with a unique concept for her wedding day. The young designer, who showcased her collections at Colombo Fashion Week, conceived of Sri Lanka’s first 3D printed wedding dress. To bring the dress from concept to reality Charlene partnered with Sri Lanka’s first rapid prototyping firm, 3D Concept Studio.

Technology and fashion have always had a symbiotic relationship allowing designers to push the envelope and envision bolder styles. However, the global trend amongst big name brands and haute couture labels of experimenting with 3D printing has yet to seep into the local industry. Despite this fledgling experiments like Charlene’s move the boundary between imagination and realityand put designers like her ahead of the curve when the technology becomes more widely used in Sri Lankan fashion.

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