A set of sensational 3D printed shoes earned Jacqueline Zhao MDes 15 a spot on a splashy photo spread in The October Book, a glossy magazine published by luxury clothier Neiman Marcus. The Interior Architecture major was one of five students from the country’s top art and design colleges who won the clothing company’s Art of Innovation design competition. Participants were asked to submit an article of clothing that utilizes new or creative materials in its construction.
Rising to the challenge, Zhao (pictured center) entered the unconventional footwear she made last Wintersession in Augmented Body, an interdisciplinary course offered by Architecture and Apparel Design. Using rendering software, the graduate student designed boots that reinforce the natural motion of walking and produced them in plastic using a 3D printer.
“I’m developing my interest in the intersection between architecture and fashion,” Zhao notes in the magazine story.