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White ink and bright colour capabilities with latest versatile printer.

17th December 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Farum, Denmark


The dress release – a press release printed onto a dress – has been unveiled by Roland DG to demonstrate the capabilities of its new Texart XT-640S-F textile printer, which excels at short-run garment printing for the ‘fashion drop’ generation.

The dress – designed and sewn in London, and printed in Milan – highlights the white ink and bright colour capabilities of the new machine, alongside text which outlines its benefits and unique qualities.

“We were so excited to immerse ourselves in the world of fashion design to create this one-of-a-kind dress which shows off the capabilities of the Texart XT-640S-F,” said Stephen Davis, EMEA marketing director at Roland DG. “We worked with our Italian textile customers to design the machine, so it only felt right to continue our collaboration with industry creatives to bring the dress release to life. We hugely enjoyed working with talented designers, seamstresses, photographers and models to help turn our vision into reality, and we hope our customers feel inspired to make their own unique garments as a result.”

The company collaborated with designer, Fabia Goff, who has previously worked with top UK brands such as John Lewis and Laura Ashley, to create the pattern.

“The brief from Roland to show off the printer’s capabilities through the pattern design and creation of a garment was not only fascinating but a career first for me,” said Fabia. “I specialise in lino printing, a traditional hand carving technique similar to woodcut. Combined with my love of watercolour and graphic design I have developed towards pattern design and this brief allowed me to bring these two passions together.”

“Right from the start of the project I wanted the pattern to be on trend, incorporating the bright colours we will be seeing on catwalks throughout 2022. Pantone’s Very Peri Lilac was my chosen feature colour and inspired my floral focus.

“The contrasting white against the pattern and colour blocks creates focus on the text, highlighting the colour capabilities of the printer. It was important to reference Roland DG’s Japanese roots within the pattern, which is why I chose lilies and gingko leaves as the central motifs and used free flowing brush strokes. Quotes were placed to echo newspaper-like headlines of the printer’s capabilities.”

The XT-640S-F is aimed at apparel print houses and garment manufacturers, and is ideal for fashion houses looking to build prototype versions of a clothing item or create a one-off piece for a show.

The hybrid direct-to-textile and direct-to-garment solution is designed to meet the growing demand for short-run printing in the apparel and textile industry. It also helps to boost company sustainability by enabling print-on-demand and reducing waste left-over garments.

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