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Revealing Dita Von Teese in a Fully Articulated 3D Printed Gown


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Some project - wow!
#1 Michiel Cornelissen (Homepage) on 2013-03-05 21:18 (Reply)
Beautiful use of technology, beautiful result, but I must comment on the golden ratio nonsense.

There is no evidence that people can visually distinguish a rectangle with proportions of the golden ratio from other nearby numbers, such as 1.59 or 1.62. There is also no proposed mechanism for why it should be that the golden ratio, (sqrt(5)+1)/2, should be aesthetically pleasing, and there never has been.

Here is a good article debunking just some of the golden ratio mysticism:

In particular, it discusses how the golden ratio does not show up in the Great Pyramid, the Parthenon, the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci and the human body, nor is it perceived to be the most aesthetically pleasing.

The golden ratio does not appear in natural Nautilus shells. The only Nautilus shell that does have anything to do with the golden ratio was 3d printed by George Hart:

There is some connection between the golden ratio and the positioning of petals in flowers, but all of the other supposed connections, Nautilus shells, galaxies and storms are all nonsense.
#2 Henry Segerman (Homepage) on 2013-03-05 22:22 (Reply)
Dita and the dress look amazing! We would all think so, even if the press, celebrities, the internet, and the God of Math didn't tell us so. Thanks and congratulations to Bitonti, Schmidt and Von Teese on this well executed project.
#3 Aaron Trocola on 2013-03-06 06:41 (Reply)
I think it is an ugly dress, and this is surely not the first dress ever print. Designer Iris van Herpen 3D prints dresses already for a few years and they are much more interesting
#4 bas on 2013-03-06 08:43 (Reply)
I second the comment about the golden ratio; and even if it did mean something, I don't really see what this dress has to do with it. I also know Iris van Herpen (and Janne Kyttanen way before that) have worked on 3d-printed dresses.

I just think that this particular dress looks awesome, and is amazingly designed in both overall form and the detailing of the hinged connections.
#5 Michiel Cornelissen (Homepage) on 2013-03-06 09:41 (Reply)
This does look good. It does! Cool.

But, I fail to find real connection between artsy "golden ratio" explanation in that video what I am seeing here.
I surely see what "digital guy" did here. Awesome work on patterning and contouring etc.... probably over 3D body scan. (Is this grasshopper work?)
But... what did the fashion designer do? He did that sketch? Well... golden ratio on that sketch doesn't really translate into this. I would like to know more about real design process on this... which was digital work to construct this. Sketch doesn't = "design". There's more to "design" that that. But that is fashion industry, guys!

And Swarovski?... just there to bling it up? Not needed at all. Luckily, you can barely see any of that in that main photo - which is why this looks pretty good.

Also, what does "articulated" means in this context? Can somebody explain? Certainly not first 3d printed gown ever. Not even close.
#6 Pardeep on 2013-03-06 19:48 (Reply)
Michael and team, Thank you for creating such a beautiful and inspiring work of art. The way you mapped the spiraling to harmonize with her body is breathtaking. I really should have known it was yours the moment I saw it! Lovely to see you doing such gratifying work. It's phenomenal precisely because it is so inspired and meticulously executed. I love it.
#7 Jade Barbee (Homepage) on 2013-03-08 04:54 (Reply)
The dress is beautiful - but the golden ratio hype is nonsense just like Henry mentioned above. If seashells followed the golden ratio exactly then every seashell would be exactly the same. - they are not - The golden ratio, when applied to nature, is an approximation of something much more complex and mysterious. Furthermore the aesthetic of the golden ratio is cerebral not visual. The beauty in this dress has more to do with the brunette than it does the golden ratio.
#8 Kaz Maslanka (Homepage) on 2013-03-11 05:31 (Reply)
The dress is fine, but I would prefer to see her with that dress on my bedroom floor.
#9 Bruce on 2013-03-11 19:38 (Reply)
It's a really nice dress, but I didn't see a picture of her walking and moving in it. So I wonder whether this is possible or not, in the pictures she's just standing like a statue.
#10 Tat on 2013-03-12 16:26 (Reply)
Hey Tat,

Yes she could move as the gown really moved with her body. The only risk was getting her massive spike heels caught in the mesh.
#10.1 Duann on 2013-03-12 16:27 (Reply)
Super dress, I want one (in red please) :-)

Golden ratio stuff is patently nonsense as it is a crude approximation to the structure of harmonic relationships, i.e. the fundamental to it's 2nd, 3rd etc. harmonics. These do exist as we listen to them in our music.

Interestingly whilst too much odd order i.e. 3rd, 5th etc. harmonics in sound is unpleasant, in physical proportions 3rd and 5th harmonics are visually pleasing.

Of course the even tempered music scale is a western thing, and there are other scales in eastern music. Perhaps that explains some of the very distinctive style difference that can be seen between the two?
#11 TriodeGirl on 2013-03-15 21:15 (Reply)
So is there any video of her actually walking in it? There only seem to be stills on the 'net.
#12 Andrew Michael on 2013-03-18 17:29 (Reply)
Not yet, hopefully soon.
#12.1 Duann on 2013-03-18 20:48 (Reply)
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#13 Cojo (Homepage) on 2013-03-28 15:51 (Reply)

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