Style icon Dita von Teese is used to turning heads out of her clothes, but on Monday the burlesque performer inspired awe while keeping her clothes on. That’s because von Teese wore the world’s first articulated, 3D printed dress.
von Teese’s dress was made from powdered nylon and took over three months to manufacture. Made by designer by Michael Schmidt and architect Francis Bitonti for Shapeways, the dress has 17 different pieces, nearly 3,000 articulated joints, and 13 thousand crystals.
“Once we have the machines better suited to doing clothing, we can do custom fits,” Shapeways Duann Scott told Wired. “It’s very very possible to go into a change room, get a 3-D scan, and get a garment printed exactly to your fit. Traditionally, all garments are either a weave or a stitch. And with 3-D printing, we can … introduce something completely different. So we can grow designs rather than just using something that’s centuries-old technology. It’s a whole way to move forward in fashion and clothing and textiles.”