Dita Von Teese’s 3-D Printed Dress Is Cooler Than Anything, Ever


When fashion and technology intermingle in a new way, it is always exciting to me. Considering we wear clothes daily and rely largely on “normal” construction methods to create those garments, it’s intriguing to image a future in which we use significantly altered ways of creating the things we wear. This 3D dress worn by Dita Von Teese could be the face of future design — or, at the very least, it’s extremely awesome to look at.

This, my friends, is the world’s first “fully articulated 3-D printed gown,” and it is exquisite. Michael Schmidt and Francis Bitonti designed the dress, Shapeways did the 3-D printing and one of the most lovely women in the world modeled it (honestly, I can’t think of a better candidate). Using 17 printed pieces, the dress was assembled, dyed black and –as if it wasn’t already fantastic enough — decked out with Swarovski crystals. Amazing, right?

As Adweek points out, it is basically impossible to make anything look less-than-perfect on Dita Von Teese, but from what I can tell, this dress would be a feat of design regardless. Really, whether you love science, graphic design, fashion, construction, jewels or just play Dita Von Teese, you will absolutely love this dress and the technology behind it:

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    • Sawnie

      so… how is this different from a regular couture dress?

      • http://www.facebook.com/sameurysm Samantha Escobar

        Haha, I’m assuming you relate the two because normal couture dresses are assembled by hand and are pretty and whatnot? Otherwise, feel free to elaborate!

        In my opinion, they’re different because couture dresses aren’t really made it 3-D printers, nor are they made using quite so many computer programs and lasers. Plus, I can’t think of any others using the Fibonacci sequence (though I don’t doubt they exist). Other than those ways, I’m not sure how else it’s different, but those seem pretty significant to me.

    • Pixie

      As a graphic design nerd and huge fan of Dita Von Teese, I love this so damn much.

      • http://www.facebook.com/sameurysm Samantha Escobar

        Oh good, I am so glad I’m not the only one who thinks this is amazing! :)