This week, Dita Von Teese was spotted wearing what is said to be the world’s first 3D-printed dress, fully articulated and designed to flaunt her famous curves and voluptuous cleavage.
The dress features 3,000 unique articulated joint and is inlaid with over 12,000 Swarovski crystals and was the product of a design collaboration between fashion designer Michael Schmidt, tech design studio Francis Bitonti and the Shapeways factory where it was printed.
The floor-length nylon gown was made using selective laser sintering (SLS), which creates a 3D-print by layering up plastic powder fused together by a laser. Created from 17 different rigid plastic sections, the dress was fully articulated to create the netted structure that allowed Von Teese to move about freely.
Sprials based on the Golden Ratio were applied to a computer rendering of Von Teese’s famous figure, making sure the dress fitted her perfectly. The dress was then exaggerated at the shoulders, cut in at the waist and draped over a nude coloured corset after being lacquered and dyed black.
Von Teese flaunted the outfit at the Ace Hotel during New York Fashion Week.
Michael Schmidt Studios is also responsible for other innovative celebrity frocks, like the see-through bubble dress Lady Gaga wore on the front cover of the Rolling Stone magazine.
“Francis was able to take my sketches for the dress, which I created specifically for Dita, and render those in the specialized language of the software,” says Mr. Schmidt. “The fluidity of the joints is all 3D-printed, layer upon layer of fine powdered nylon within the preheated chamber, based on information by the CAD file.”
“The laser ‘sinters’ the nylon into form, a process known as select laser sintering, or SLS. It’s an articulated fabric built into the 3D print itself. It’s something that’s never been done. What Francis and Shapeways have achieved here is truly remarkable.”
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