Sep 26, 2013

Print you own dress: The Verlan Dress by Thingiverse

The consumer 3D printing revolution is closer than ever: the Buccaneer Kickstarter Project promises to deliver a mini printer to you for less than $400, while Thingiverse already has thousands of items with downloadable print files. Pretty soon the sky will be the limit with the amount of brightly colored plastic goodness we'll be creating in our dens instead of watching reruns of the Kardashians. I've been looking at how this applies to clothes, and was fascinated by the first 3D printed dress that was debuted by Dita Von Teese:

While the dress looks beautiful on her, the model was tailored to fit her body and it features 13,000 Swarovski crystals, so unlikely to be a part of our free-time experiments anytime soon. However, Francis Bitoni, the designer behind the first 3D dress, decided to then assemble a group of Pratt students to design another dress and print it on a MakerBot. The idea was to reference the human skeleton and inner workings of the body, and the dress model they created certainly reflects the complicated intricacies of the human body. The complete version takes 400 hours to print, and consists of 59 pieces that need to be assembled together to from the final product.

A lot of commenters seem to think that it is ugly and grotesque but I happen to really like the architectural nature of it. And if you have the means to really push the boundaries of fashion, using plastic and AutoCad instead of fabric and sewing machines, why not do it? Women certainly aren't dressing the same way they did a century ago, and we're unlikely to be wearing something even remotely similar in 2100. There's already models out there for a wide variety of accessories: Nerd GlassesWings for your shoes Pirate Earrings, and High Heels. 3D printed anything will probably become much more prominent in the next decade and those of us that can embrace it will be ahead of the curve. 


  1. Oh my goodness. It's crazy how far technology has taken us, hasn't it? I've heard of 3D printing for engineering, but certainly not for dresses! That is way out. I'm intrigued. I agree--I could see how people think it's too strange, but I love the intricate designs and mystical vibe of these pieces. I can't wait to see if these become a thing in normal life!

  2. This is art! It takes the concept of clothing and expands it to sculpture. Interesting and gorgeous!

    blue hue wonderland

  3. Amazing what they can do with these 3D printers!

  4. Whoa! That is amazing, I have never heard of this technique before, sounds so excting and interesting!!

  5. Wow! I really dream I could do such thing! :) Unfortunately my two hands are not a good sketcher!
    Smize with Style

  6. Amazing post!

    Marisa Silva

  7. This haute couture looks stunning! X Anna

  8. cute blog! I’ll follow you!
    I have a fashion blog too, I hope u'll be one of my followers:-)

  9. GREAT Post!!!

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  10. thanks for your sweet comment hun! this looks so interesting, love what dita is wearing! following you :)


  11. We don't understand how you can move with this dress but it's very original!

  12. I think that this is a very great revolution!!!
    Love Dita's dress. it's really fantastic and he wears it in a perfect way,

    I'm very happy to follow you on Bloglovin, and now I hope you ail do the same.



  13. This is so impressive!
    And that dress looks great on Dita, it's really beautiful :)

  14. This is absolutely amazing and so cutting edge! I appreciate you stopping by and lending me your views :)

  15. Amazing!!

    Would you like to follow each other?! Let me know!!


  16. Such a fashionable outfits!
    Would you like to follow each other via Bloglovin and gfc?

  17. Love this, such interesting shapes!
    Great post :)


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  18. Wow, this is really stunning!
    Laura. xx

  19. HI there.. thanks for your comment :) I'd love to follow u on bloglovin.. following nw.. ur turn :D
    maybe u'd lke to follow on gfc too? following there too :)

    Love Akanksha

  20. Great pictures! Love the dresses! Thanks for sharing!

    The Bittersweet Diaries

  21. Wow! this is an amazing post, so interesting I love it!

  22. This is nice ! I'm following you now..
    You have so many posts ! I'm new on blogosphere :)

    Feel free to visit my blog too .. and follow it if you like it !
    Kisses !
    -Elena S.

  23. Whoa I've heard about printing in 3D but printing dresses? Interesting. Good to know :D

    Have a lovely day!

  24. nice blog! would you like to follow each other?
    just let me know :)
    kisses, Marlena

  25. I love 3D printing. It's such a fun process. I’d love for us to keep in touch via bloglovin’, GFC, or Instagram! Let me know on my blog, I’ll be sure to follow back!

    s a r t o r i a l d i n e r
    Instagram @ sartorialdiner

  26. wow amazing costumes <3

    btw. do you want to follow each other?!
    follow me and I'll follow back
    if you want to

    Keep up your great Posts
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