As part of the Couture week, we showcased with our historic partner Julien Fournié two innovations for the world of Couture:
- the use of a fabric management software
- fashion accessories created in 3D digital and 3D Print on demand
Julien Fournié presented on Tuesday, January 26, his Spring-Summer 2016 collection called “First Paradise” in the Couture official Calendar. For this collection, he used Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE platform to manage its materials and its suppliers.
Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE platform allows the designer and his studio to better manage its materials, its suppliers, its budget, its stocks and thus effectively improve the management of its whole collection.
Fabrics or materials are visible within a click and are associated with its suppliers, with their price and quantity. In addition, the designer and his studio can preserve all datas, as a “digital archive” of the collection. Julien Fournié Couture House is the first company in the world of Haute Couture to use such applications to manage its fabrics.
“Having a dedicated tool to manage my fabrics and my suppliers is a huge step in the dematerialization of my collection. With this software, I can access my fabrics, my stocks, my selections, my suppliers in just a few clicks, and I manage my costs”, explains Julien Fournié.
“From design to manufacturing datas, all information is saved in an online platform, centralized and collaborative. It is a unique source of information for my team and myself. ”
Watch this video to understand how the Couture House is using the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform to manage its fabrics:
For this collection, Julien Fournié also worked with our FashionLab team members to design head accessories in wing shape called “Phoenix”. These “Phoenix wings” were created with the 3D design software CATIA by Dassault Systèmes. The materials and textures have been validated digitally without building any physical prototypes. Julien Fournié was able to test a variety of colors and styles that he would never had time to test without using virtual 3D design.
“Once the 3D design was created in the software, I adapted the style to my Couture collection and I could choose the exact colors and textures I wanted on my head accessories. By visualizing the result on my computer, I validated first my virtual prototypes and then started making the manufacturing in 3D printing”, says Julien Fournié.
After validating the virtual design in a 3D environment, the “Phoenix wings” were made in 3D printing. The choice of a partner outside Paris was essential for the benefit of virtual 3D. With proven quality grades supplied by 3D printing, everything came together for this project aligned with the standards of the Haute Couture.
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