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Dita Von Teese 3D-Printed Dress

The First Digitally Made 3D Dress Has Arrived

A 3D printer has been on our wish list for a while, along with a 3D-printed lamp and 3D-printed photo booth — OK, 3D-printed anything, really! But a 3D-printed gown? That wasn't even on our geek-girl Spring 2013 fashion radar. In New York City this week at the Ace Hotel, burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese arrived wearing the world's first 3D-printed dress. Designed by Michael Schmidt and Francis Bitonti, then printed with a Shapeways 3D printer on powdered nylon, the analog had no place in the creation of this dress.

WhoSay - Photo from Dita Von Teese

The creation was designed on an iPad to Dita's exact measurements, critiqued via Skype, and then digitally rendered before sending to Shapeways. The usual pencil-to-paper sketching and fabric draping sounds practically primitive when compared to the powerful software, Rhino and Maya, used by the designers. Is this the first look at a sartorial future of completely customizable attire, no tailor required? Would you buy into a new 3D fashion trend?

Image Source: WhoSay
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Nancy-Einhart Nancy-Einhart 2 years
You guys, this 3D printing thing freaks me out. Can you explain this sci-fi magic to me?
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