In this incredible 3D printed dress, burlesque performer Dita Von Teese looks like a cross between the beautiful robot and the art nouveau buildings from 1920s scifi movie Metropolis. Not surprisingly, one of the dress' designers was an architect.


Here's the Metropolis robot. Note the shoulders.

And here's the iconic citiscape from the same film. Both the robot this central building feature the high shoulders and nipped waist look of Von Teese's dress. No, really — look at that building's shape and texture. This dress is surprisingly similar.

According to My Modern Met:

The spectacular garment is made of 17 individually printed pieces with 3,000 articulated joints. To further glamorize the piece, the designers adorned the netted pattern with 12,000 black Swarovski crystals. Created by designer Michael Schmidt and architect Francis Bitonti, in collaboration with Shapeways, the black gown boasts an ease in movement that paves the way for future 3D-printed fashion.

The Fibbonaci-inspired outfit is given its fluidity in motion through its printed hinged mesh design. While the wonders of 3D-printing technology make it possible for powdered Nylon to transform into a three-dimensional garment, it is the inclusion of the carefully designed articulation that turns the plastic attire into a material that echoes the flexibility of textiles.


Schmidt said:

The fluidity of the joints is all 3D-printed, layer upon layer of fine powdered nylon within the preheated chamber, based on information by the CAD file. The laser ‘sinters' the nylon into form, a process known as select laser sintering, or SLS. It's an articulated fabric built into the 3D print itself. It's something that's never been done. What Francis and Shapeways have achieved here is truly remarkable."


And here's what the fabric looks like when it comes out of the printer.

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