April 18, 2014 < BACK TO LIST

3D Printed Hats

Gabriela Ligenza defies convention for Autumn/Winter 2014 launching the world’s first collection of 3D printed hats. Her unwavering commitment to working with the most talented artisans and sourcing the finest textiles from across the globe is brought charging into the 21st Century by her collaboration with leading 3D designers and the most advanced production technology available. This unique perspective extending the perception of artisanal craft and design forwards to the future and back into the past simultaneously redefines what it is to create true luxury in the context of its modern homogenization.


Working with Francesco de Comite from the Lille University of Sciences and Technology a leading scholar in mathematical art, Joaquin Baldwin an animator and storyteller specializing in digital creativity and Adam Mellotte at Inner Leaf a specialist 3D modeler for the fashion and TV industries, Gabriela Ligenza has created a capsule collection showcasing the variety and potential of 3D printing and it’s application within contemporary accessory design.


Gabriela Ligenza in collaboration with Adam Mellotte has created a poem wedding hat using John Tessimond’s poem ‘Day Dream’ showing how with clever balance, old and new crafts and techniques can exist in harmony and technology, when applied correctly, needn’t conflict with centuries old art forms.


One day people will touch and talk perhaps easily,

And loving be natural as breathing and warm sunlight,

And people will untie themselves, as string is unknotted,

Unfold and yawn and stretch and spread their fingers,

Unfurl, uncurl like seaweed and return to the sea,

And work will be simple and swift as a seagull flying,

And play will be casual and quiet as a seagull settling,

And the clock will stop, and no one will wonder or care or notice,

And people will smith without reason,

Even in winter, even in the rain


Gabriela Ligenza has been at the forefront of modern British Millinery and accessories design for over 25 years with an illustrious career sporting Royalty including Princess Diana and Princess Caroline of Monaco, Hollywood stars, and Supermodels; prestigious retailers including Harrods, Saks Fifth Av, and Bergdorff Goodman; and international fashion houses such as Galliano, Bottega Veneta, Feragamo, Prada and Stella McCartney amongst her clients. Trained as an architect and interior designer before turning her hand to Millinery upon arriving in London over 25 years ago, she founded her brand on principles of classical techniques and artisan materials combined with a pioneering approach to textile development and innovation.  Each piece is designed from her studio below the Gabriela Ligenxa boutique at 5 Ellis Street off Chelsea’s Sloane Square and produced by hand in her Florence atelier.

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3D printed hat Poem designed by Gabriela Ligenza