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World's first 3D printed dress impresses


By John Glenday, Reporter

March 19, 2013 | 1 min read

The inexorable march of 3d printing could be about to take the fashion world by storm following the debut of a wearable garment that could soon have the clothing industry sewn up.

Brainchild of Francis Bitonti Dita’s Gown was created by designers and 3d printing pioneers Michael Schmidt Studios and Shapeways and shown off to stunning effect by Dita Von Teese.

Created virtually on Schmidt’s iPad, with communications between the trio conducted by Skype, the elaborate creation entailed printing 17 individual segments and 3,000 joints to allow Von Teese to move.

Each piece was then lacquered black and adorned with 13,000 black Swarovski crystals.

Image by Albert Sanchez Photography


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