I have been fascinated by the awesomeness of 3D printers and their printing of toys, guns, even human ears, but never thought I'd see them used in fashion. But designer Michael Schmidt has proved me wrong.
Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese showed off the first-ever 3D printed dress in March. Michael Schmidt designed the amazing gown and has created looks for Cher and Lady Gaga.
The dress is a combination of Teese’s old school glamour and Schmidt’s idea of futurism, and while it may not be entirely wearable, it’s certainly cool looking. With the help of architect Francis Bitonti, Schmidt used digital rendering technology to design the dress and then collaborated with Shapeways, a 3D printing company, to create the dress with a fabric-like substance called powdered nylon. The final product was painted black and covered with 12,000 black Swarovski crystals.
All I can say is STUNNING - both the dress, and Dita!