Blurring the lines between fashion and technology, avant-garde architect turned fashion designer Francis Bitonti, is quickly moving the world closer to fashion-tech revolution with his new “Molecule” Shoe Collection.
Exclusively designed in the Francis Bitonti Studio in New York, Bitonti has teamed up with Adobe on the software forfront and Stratasys’s printing capabilities to bring these 3-D printed shoes to life. This is by far Bitonti’s biggest unveiling since his fully articulated 3-D printed dress worn by Dita Von Teese at the Ace Hotel in New York. The “Molecule “ Shoe Collection will premier in London at a to be announced location via a highly exclusive and anticipated Adobe partnered print show. The shoes are manufactured using Adobe digital design software along with Stratasys’s 3-D printing technology, and Bitonti’s artistic ideas. The new capsule collection is grown in the digital environment one pixel at a time. Each shoe in the collection renders the same system with unique structural configuration that in turn is capable of taking on various forms.
“Adobe entering the 3-D Printing industry is a very exciting thing to see. This will help more people get started using the technology. The technology is becoming ubiquitous. It’s very exciting to see this happening now.” States fashion designer Francis Bitonti. “I wanted to create shoes because when I was an architect my favorite part of any building is where it hits the ground. It’s where you the story of the object is told. Does it float above the ground or is it part of the earth. It’s the point where you define your relationship to your environment. This collection explores a multitude of these conditions.”
On a steady mission to prove that advancing technologies can be used to create wearable, practical everyday items, the former architect turned designer hopes his design innovations will spiral a new wave of design in the fashion industry. Francis Bitonti is famously known for working with Michael Schmidt Studios, Shapeways and Ace Hotel to create the first fully articulated 3-D printed gown for the one and only burlesque doll, Dita Von Teese. Infusing his admiration for prestigious new age technological developments, Bitonti has become a brand known to fuse out-of-this-world ideas with modern appeal to create mesmerizing couture pieces. In a world that is constantly moving, Francis Bitonti is not only growing his brand to move with the times, but also pushing the fashion industry forward one innovative notion at a time.
About Francis Bitonti
Designer Francis Bitonti is ushering in a new manufacturing paradigm through his sui generis blend of computational design techniques and emerging manufacturing technologies. Blurring the lines between fashion and technology, Bitonti’s trademark process merges cutting edge digital design and manufacturing technologies, aimed to transform mass production. Francis Bitonti’s work has been published internationally in many prestigious institutions including the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and most recently has garnered media coverage for the 3-D printed gown created for fashion icon Dita von Teese, which received numerous accolades and a great deal of public attention when it was debuted at Ace Hotel in New York City in 2013. Following his success, Bitonti recently developed is very own workshops; The New Skins: Deus Ex Machina that recently took place in London in July and the News Skins: Bestial Bodies, which recently took place this past August in San Francisco, California. Francis Bitonti currently lives in New York where he runs his design practice. For more information please visit [HERE].