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: