Dita showed off her fantastically curvy figure in the dress which featured a very low plunging neckline to show off her cleavage and some impressively big shoulders that almost referenced an early 80’s episode of Dynasty.
The dress was designed by Michael Schmidt (he of Lady Gaga bubble dress fame) and the architect Francis Bitonti. New York based Bitonti is a leading player in the fields of algorithmic form generation and 3D printing and has already used his skills to produce 3D printed versions of cutlery, an ABS chair and a stainless steel table.
The new 3D dress was made using a hardened powdered nylon that still allows the wearer plenty of movement due to the fact that there are 3000 joints built into the dress.
As if the dress wasn’t special enough with all of this going on it also has 13000 black Swarovski crystals on it. Whether these were placed on the dress in honour of the first wearer is not clear but as Dita herself pointed out she is used to having that many crystals on her wrist in her line of work.
The sexy black dress is an interesting mix of the very new and the very old as apart from being the world’s first 3D printed dress all the collaboration between Schmidt and Bitonti was done virtually using Skype after the design had been worked out initially by Schmidt on his iPad. The design’s homage to the past comes with the use by Schmidt of the Italian mathematician Fibonacci’s Golden Ratio. This in its most simple form is expressed as the number 1.618.
In Fibonacci’s number sequence each number is the sum of the previous 2 numbers and runs 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610 and so on. You can see that as the numbers in the sequence get larger the ratio of one to the other gets nearer and nearer to 1.618.
This ratio or sequence is thought to be especially pleasing to us as it is referenced in many places in nature such as the arrangement of leaves on a stem, branching in trees and the arrangement of a pine cone. It is also found in many pieces of music and so its appearance in the world of fashion is no surprise.
3D printing is widely thought of as one of the areas of technology with the biggest potential over the near future. Seeing here how it could revolutionise the world of fashion is just one area it will impact. Just think how it could change motor manufacturing, engineering and medical instruments over the next few years. If that doesn’t excite you then imagine being able to print off a pair of Christian Louboutin’s!
Although Dita looked nude under her dress she was apparently wearing a nude corset.
The 3D dress will be on display at Swarovski before going on a tour of museums in the US.