#FASHION: THE FIRST FULLY ARTICULATED 3D DRESS
In collaboration with 3D print specialists Shapeways, New York designer Michael Schmidt and architect Francis Bitonti created the first fully articulated 3D-printed gown tailored specifically for burlesque queen Dita von Teese.
Created using a technique known as selective laser sintering (SLS), the dress was built up in layers out of nylon powder that had been fused together by lasers. Using the Golden Ratio, the designer and architect came up with a spiral design and netted structure that would give the dress movement.
The dress was printed by Shapeways in 17 pieces and then was joined by hand in 3,000 places which allowed for its fluidity and textile-like movement. It was then draped over a nude corset and topped of with 12,000 black Swarovski crystals. The dress will go on display at Swarovski and then on tour in various museums.