Dita Von Teese wore a 3D printed dress
The world of 3D printing just keeps on growing. Dita Von Teese recently wore this dress created by a 3D printer. Designer Michael Schmidt and architect Francis Bitonti.
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.
It was then made with the 3D-printing design studio Shapeways. Hardened powdered nylon was uses as it is flexible enough to let the wearer still move without breaking. 13,000 black Swarovski crystals were also used as decoration.
According to Mashable , each component is hollow, allowing the piece to be extremely lightweight for it’s size at 11.5 pounds— normally, Dita wears garments that weigh approximately 80 pounds. “We definitely wanted an exaggerated shape. When people ask if it’s comfortable I say, ‘Well, I like exaggerated shapes so the corseting is nice and tight.’ The only thing I was super aware of was my heel getting stuck in the hem, but that didn’t happen.”
Specially designed for her sensual form, the goal was to create classical beauty using a modern technique. Movement of the garment was conceptualized around the “Golden Ratio” theory by 13th-century theorist Fibonacci, whose formula for beauty is based on a spiral produced by a mathematic formula in nature.
More photos of the dress below.