Dita Von Teese Don’s 3D Printed Dress

Avant garde style icon, Dita Von Teese, is always one to stay ahead of the curve. On Monday, she modeled a long black gown at The Ace Hotel made in collaboration with designer Michael Schmidt (below, left) and architect Francis Bitonti (below, right).


Photo courtesy of Nina FrazierMashable.com 

The dress, which took 3 months to make, was designed virtually by Schmidt and Bitonti and was produced by Shapeways. It was made of 17 components and 3,000 joints which were printed from powdered nylon. Given the current limitations of printable materials, Schmidt, who designed Lady Gaga’s 2009 bubble dress, explained that breaking down each component was critical for creating something that would appear sensual on the body. Once printed, the pieces were lacquered and adorned with 13,000 black Swarovski crystals.

We think Von Teese looks stunning and Oscar ready!


Photo courtesy of Nina Frazier, Mashable.com 

More on the gown’s creation courtesy of Shapeways found below:

Innovation begins with education. This is something that rang true for the team behind the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), which marks it’s 25th anniversary this year. What started as a discussion between Mode Collective, The Architect’s Newspaper and public relations firm Tobin and Tucker on the role of education at the ICFF, evolved into DesignX. […]


  1. […] Dita Von Teese rocks a 3D printed dress at the Shapeways/Ace Hotel 3D fashion event. […]

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