Israeli designer’s 3-D printed dress takes center stage at Paralympics


An American athlete’s dance routine during the Paralympics’ opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, included both a robotic dancing partner and a 3-D printed dress made by an Israeli designer.

During Wednesday’s high-tech-themed performance, Amy Purdy, a bronze-medalist snowboarder and double amputee, wore a dress created by Danit Peleg.

It took Peleg 120 hours to make Purdy’s beige geometric-patterned dress, which she printed at home.

“The whole segment is on technology,” Peleg said of the performance, according to The Times of Israel. “Using technology, Amy can dance on two feet. And she dances with a robot and in a dress that came out of a kind of robot. That all works together in a kind of organic way.”

Peleg’s graduation project for Tel Aviv’s Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, a fashion collection produced entirely at home using a 3-D printer, earned her international media coverage last year.

Watch a clip from Purdy’s performance here:

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