From time to time stories just bulge-up in my inbox or appear across the net with such frequency I find it better to trot-out an overview, a fashion/designer news accumulating then devote a whole blog to any one of these (which I know I easily could). Let’s face it, we all have so much stuff to get through on our laptops and smart phones, have to answer so many Facebook prompts, got to keep up with all that Tweeting I figure why not deliver some of drastically different, yet interesting tidbits in a little ‘round-up’ and save us all a lot of time.
1.) This past week burlesque model and internationally know fetish pin-up (among other credits-she’s also happens to be an acquaintance of us here a V.G.) Dita Von Teese modeled the first fully-articulated 3-D printed gown at NYC’s Ace Hotel. The dress by designer Michael Schmidt and architect Francis Bitonti was created entirely virtually. Schmidt, responsible for Lady Gaga’s ‘bubble dress’, mocked-up the Dita dress on his iPad then over Skype with Bitonti realized how to make the 17 pieces and 3,000 joints(!) work. The guys then employed 3-D printing design studio Shapeways and after each piece was created Schmidt and Bitonti lacquered them in black and fitted 13,000 Swarovski crystals across the whole lot.
Von Teese quipped in her usual sassy style: “I’m used to having that many on my wrist.”
The seventeen pieces of the dress, which took 3 months to make, are all hollow, weighing-in a eleven and half pounds.
2.) During fashion week in Paris British designer Rachel Freires presented an ensemble that was made of 3,000 cow and yak nipples. Acquiring the animal pieces from tanneries that usually throw such items away of course a goodly amount of animal rights’ activists voiced disgust at Freires’ ‘look’. Resembling pretty much a mud colored see-thru bolero and half-skirt I’m not so sure this piece would have even garnered much notice other than the controversy of what is was made of.
And in Berlin during fashion week Leandro Cano decided to get very cheeky (sorry I couldn’t resist). Winning the “Designer for Tomorrow by Peek & Cloppenburg Duesseldorf” Cano showed some truly startling designs on the runway, but his use of plastic truly made some impressions.
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