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The technology allows designers to try new ideas on their computer before printing the actual physical clothing. (Source: CNN) The technology allows designers to try new ideas on their computer before printing the actual physical clothing. (Source: CNN)

NEW YORK (CNN) - The designers shown at one fashion show in New York aren't Oscar De La Renta or Versace; they have names like Makerbot and Adobe. And the items seen on this particular runway were 3D-printed.

"It could actually be a revolutionary turning point for a lot of the way that clothes are not only envisioned but also worn and made," said Faith Robinson at the 3D Printshow.

The garments and accessories weren't sewn - they were printed.

"I think the cross over between materials and technology is happening right now," said shoe designer Julian Hakes.

3D printing is a technology that allows the user to digitally scan a design and then print a physical object, layer by layer. The items are generally made of plastic.

"They can be so much more intricate and have the potential to be so much more intricate material-wise and shape-wise when you're able to design digitally," said designer Hannah Soukup.

This season, designers sent their models strutting down the runway in 3D printed gowns, equipped with 3D printed undergarments. And no outfit is complete without shoes.

"I think the really exciting thing about this is kind of like, it's a little bit like iTunes for your feet. But maybe five years before it's there so at some point yes, you'll just be able to put your foot size in and choose a pair of shoes or a garment or a hat. They'll be exactly the right size just for you," Hakes said.

The clothing came from computer, even some of the people lining the runway were wearing them.

It's a growing trend; recently a Victoria's Secret model got 3D printed angel wings for the company's annual fashion show.

The technology allows designers to try new ideas on their computer before printing the actual physical clothing.

"At the moment, a haute couture outfit is very exclusive, but what if, with a body scan, you could have your own individually custom made item of clothing, created in front of your eyes?" Robinson said.

It's part of a trend designers call, "computational fashion."

"Computational fashion is already quite a developed field of practice. But we want to show that this is more than art, more than just a design," Robinson said.

For those designers experimenting with 3D printing, the technology is a canvas for creativity

"It allows you to do things that you couldn't do through standard fabrication processes. So things that are too intricate for the hand, down to tenths of a millimeter in size," Hakes said.

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