Friday, March 8, 2013

The 3-D Dress

This week burlesque star Dita Von Teese made news in her custom designed, fully articulating, 3-D printed dress.  The dress was printed to Ms Von Tesse's exact measurements and has over 3,000 joints, 1,700 different pieces and 13,000 Swarowski crystals.  While made of metal, plastic, and who knows what else, it is said to mimic the properties of material. When disrobed, the carefully placed joints allow the dress to fold in on itself like a regular dress would, and I'm thinking thats probably a very important consideration when staging a burlesque show.

Von Tesse's dress was designed by Michael Schmidt and Francis Bitoni and I believe may be the first of its kind, 3-D ready wear.  But the 3-D process did make the Haute Couture runway in Paris this past January with these outfits from Dutch fashion designer Iris Van Herpen in collaboration with Neri Oxman from MIT's Media Lab.

I still can't quite get my mind around the 3-D printing process (no pun intended) but the innovation is sure to have an exciting impact on science, technology, manufacturing, design and fashion.

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