Saturday, March 16, 2013

Von Teese in 3D Printed Gown


The future is printing your own clothes. Scifi movies had the texture of futuristic clothing down for a long time, now we know why futuristic clothes in every alien movie ever looked the way it did. They printed it. Now we know, and we are one step closer to being apart of that future. This dress is by Michael Schmidt, and Dita Von Teese really is the perfect person to wear it.
Created using a technique known as selective laser sintering (SLS), the dress was built up in layers out of nylon powder that had been fused together by lasers. Using the Golden Ratio, designer and architect came up with a spiral design and netted structure that would give the dress movement. (source)

I have also written about Anouk Wipptecht, another pioneer when it comes to futuristic fashion. Her designs involve some cutting edge materials (like e-foils),  but she doesn't print print her clothing (yet). While this dress was printed in 17 different pieces which were then joined by hand in 3,000 places, I think printed jewelery is more imminently plausible. Kimberly Ovitz has revealed some relatively affordable printed jewelery this season. In my opinion this exoskeleton inspired necklace should have been worn with the dress (buy here). It matches right?

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