Dita Von Teese debuted a 3D-printed dress at the Ace Hotel in New York earlier this week, born out of a collaboration between designer Michael Schmidt and architect Francis Bitonti.
Printed off at 3Dprinting marketplace Shapeways, the floor-length nylon gown was made using selective laser sintering (SLS), where material is built up in layers from plastic powder fused together with a laser.
The rigid plastic components are fully articulated to create a netted structure that allows for movement. Spirals based on the Golden Ratio were applied to a computer rendering of Von Teese’s body so the garment fits her exactly.
Draped over a nude silk corset, the black-lacquered dress is cinched in at the waist and exaggerated at the shoulders, and embellished with 12,000 Swarovski crystals. Source: Dezeen.