Futuristic Fashions that Never Came to Fruition

The 3D-Printed Dress
Image via Design Boom

Back in 2013, 3D printers Shapeways worked with fashion designer Michael Schmidt and architect Francis Bitonti to create the world's first articulated 3D-printed gown (worn here by burlesque star Dita Von Teese). Of course, it's important to note that they merely printed the parts, which then required a great deal of manual assembly. The age of 3D-printed fashion is still a ways off, but its more a case of "when" rather than "if."

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