By Joshua Langston

Photos by Joshua Langston

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Katya Leonovich showed fearlessness for her SS15 show this NYFW. Her collection was focused around 3D printing, which is still a relatively new technology. During our interview with her backstage she spoke on some of the trials and tribulations she had, mainly due to weight and flexibility. When creating the 3D printed appliques she would sketch the designs she wanted, and then they were scanned, digitalized and printed by Bradley Rothenberg 3D Designs. The appliques almost looked like coral that you would find deep in tropical waters.

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While seeing this use of technology backstage and upclose was one thing, seeing it come down the runway was another. They were able to manipulate the materials to be light and flexible enough, that it actually moved as the model walked the runway.

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Katya also showed her fearlessness in the sheerness of the collection as seen in the gorgeous white sheer dress, and white sheer jumpsuit. Another way she embraced technology was using laser cutting on her garments. She also used basket weaving techniques on a white day dress, and also in a incredibly sexy grey metallic swimsuit. When it comes to spring one thing I can’t live without is a great piece of statement eyewear and Katya delivered by using some incredible vintage-inspired frames by THEO Eyewear, which perfectly suited the collection.

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“I wanted to utilize this innovation in a way that would be wearable to the fashion consumer. It is natural for artists to try to take a new technology to the limit when it is first introduced, but I see it as a new construction method which is the future for everyday clothes,” – Katya Leonovich

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When it comes to Katya Leonovich, she is a prime example that through hard work, determination and great vision, anything can happen.

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