This is Dita Von Teese. (Yes, she's gorgeous, calm down.) The dress she's werking like no tomorrow was fabricated by a printer. Real life! Not joking.
Michael Schmidt designed the gown with architect, Francis Bitonti. They took a 3-D digital rendering of Dita's actual body, and fit the design to the form, so that it fit her perfectly. It was printed in 17 pieces with 3,000 individual joints for maliability and movement. Then, the dress was lacquered black and covered with 12,000 jet black Swarvoski Crystals. It was shown at a symposium at the Ace Hotel in NYC a few months ago and in LA last week.
I should have been there.
There's a video of Dita modeling the dress and the showing of the whole fabrication process as narrated by the designer in the Times article where I read about this new frontier in fashion.
Here's the link:
If this is the future of fashion and my boobs are going to look that great in said future fashion ensemble, then I'm super excited and can't wait to see what happens next.
References and photo courtesy of Times.