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Brief Published: 8 Jul 2014

Westwood’s Laser-Scanned Shoot

Brigitte Stepputtis, head of couture at British fashion house Vivienne Westwood, has teamed up with London-based ScanLab Projects on a unique photo shoot – captured without any cameras.

The 3D scanning studio used advanced terrestrial laser scanners to digitally capture the surface of the models, their clothing and the backdrop in high-resolution “point clouds” of data to make up the images.

More than 100 million points were measured by the scanner to create these highly defined, but immensely fragile images, with figures haunted by their own data shadows.

The result is an eerie series of black and white shots of moments frozen in time, with models posing to mimic old-fashioned family portraits, or broken and discarded dolls. The ghostly images hit on ideas shared by the aesthetic of hauntology, which visualises how our past bleeds into our present. See more here.

According to ScanLab co-founder Matthew Shaw, “this technology is in its infancy”, but he expects 3D scanning to develop and be used more creatively in the coming years. In the meantime, 3D printing is coming into its own and being used across multiple sectors. See 3D Printing Outlook 2014 for further insights.