The world of fashion has already brought 3D-printed dresses into the fold, but we don't remember ever seeing one quite like this: a fully-articulated, 3D-printed gown with nearly 3,000 joints, allowing it to delicately drape and seductively flow with the curves of the woman who wears it. In this case, it's burlesque star and model Dita Von Teese donning the nylon dress, which was crafted exclusively for her by design studios Francis Bitonti and Michael Schmidt. Von Teese modeled the dress at the Ace Hotel in New York City earlier this week.
The gown is adorned with over 12,000 Swarovski crystals and — designers claim — follows the Fibonacci Sequence in the way it curves around a woman's body, in order to maximize its theoretical beauty. 17 distinct sections were 3D-printed by 3D-printing service Shapeways, with "thousands of unique components... in a flowing mesh designed exactly to fit Dita's body." Find more explanation of the process in the videos below, and more pictures of the dress at our source links.