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The story behind Dita Von Teese’s 3D printed dress

3D printed clothing is a very nifty idea. But let’s face it, it usually ends up bearing an unfortunate resemblance to a science fair project. But throw in Dita Von Teese and 3D printed fashion becomes the sexiest thing around. Designed on an iPad and printed as 3,000 tiny individual parts, this dress is the first fluid, curve hugging 3D printed dress to grace a woman’s body.

Designer Michael Schmidt (yeah, Lady Gaga’s bubble dress designer) and architect Francis Bitonti knew exactly what they were doing when they chose to create it specifically for Von Teese. I mean, really, they designed a sculpture based on her naked body. And it still makes her look somewhat naked while wearing it. How could their plan have gone wrong?

Curious as to whether she’s wearing underwear with the dress? We may never know for sure, but the design of the gown did call for a nude corset to be added under the cage-like nylon pieces. So it gives the illusion of bare skin yet still prevents any (happy) “accidents” from happening during photo-shoots.

The secret to the actual construction of the dress partially lies with the New York 3D-print masters at Shapeways, and partially in the finishing process that called for 12,000 black Swarovski crystals to be placed on the tiny moving parts. And in case you were wondering, no, you can’t borrow the dress. No one but Dita Von Teese will ever get to flaunt this 3D printed wonder. And as she put it: ‘I’d like to see ‘em try.’