Dita’s Gown: A 3D Printed Dress

I’ve witnessed many amazing things that come from the magic of 3D printing, but never in a million years would I imagine it transposing to the fashion world. Leave it to 3D master Francis Bitonti to make it a reality in this collaboration, Dita’s Gown, with designer Michael Schmidt Studios and Shapeways, one of the pioneers in the 3D printing world.

Recently debuting on Dita Von Teese, the dress was created virtually with Schmidt designing it exclusively on his iPad and communicating with Bitonti via Skype. The process included the printing of 17 pieces and 3,000 joints that allow the dress to move as the body does. Shapeways did the printing of each piece and once complete, they were lacquered black and detailed with 13,000 black Swarovski crystals.

The results are a curvy, meticulously designed dress that flows with the body. Awesome, right?

Photos by Albert Sanchez Photography.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.