Created for Dita Von Tesse, this 3D-printed dress was designed by Michael Schmidt and architect, Francis Bitonti. The floor-length nylon gown was made using selective laser sintering (SLS), where material is built up in layers from plastic powder fused together with a laser. To create the precise fit, a computer rendering of Von Tesse’s body was created. This enabled the garment to fit her exactly.
The end result was a flexible dress, cinched at the waste and full at the shoulders, and embellished with 12,000 Swarovski Crystals. The dress was unveiled during an event at the Ace Hotel in New York as part of a showcase of products organized by 3D printing marketplace, Shapeways.
Allison has had a lifelong interest in multiple facets of design. Growing up between a sewing machine and a sketch pad, she went on to fine-tune her skills through studies in fine arts and fashion design. Upon entering the design/build industry, she continuously researches trends in various markets, including retail, hospitality, exhibitory/events, interiors and architecture in order to provide valuable educational and inspirational resources to clients.