Dita Von Teese Wearing The First Fully 3-D Printed Dress

March 7, 2013

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This is Dita Von Teese modeling the first fully 3-D printed dress. I had to ask my mom who Dita Von Teese was and she told me she's a dancer but if she caught me Googling pictures of her she'd take away my internet. Which is why you're going to do it for me and email me the pictures. Until then, this is the first 3-D printed dress, a collaboration between designer Michael Schmidt and architect Francis Bitonti and printed by Shapeways, which I thought was the name of a ladies-only gym.

The dress was created virtually. Schmidt designed the entire dress on his iPad and communicated with Bitonti through Skype during the process of imagining 17 unique pieces and 3,000 joints that let the dress move with the body.


The biggest challenge in creating the dress was working with materials that weren't malleable as they came out of the printer. "To do that you have to break it down into individual components so it can become something sensual," Schmidt said. "Taking this hard plastic material and making it flow and sexy and undulate around the body."

Francis added, "The curvature is always changing as she moves. As far as difficulty goes, if you could imagine creating a piece with 3,000 unique moving individual parts."

Are you thinking what I'm thinking? "Is she wearing underwear?" Yeah...I tried blowing the picture up in Photoshop but when I did my boss walked by and asked what the hell I was doing and I told him I have amnesia and thought I was at a fetish party. I realize now how terrible that was but I panicked.

Hit the jump for the rear and a closeup of the future of fashion (even though I keep campaigning for the future of fashion to be toplessness).

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Thanks to Lizzy, who's not convinced the world is ready for 3-D printed fashion. Yeah? Well apparently the world wasn't ready for banana-flavored hotdogs either but I still started a company and went bankrupt.

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