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Video: Modeling a 3D printed bristle dress

Ica Paru, an accessories designer and model, recently became the very first person to wear the Bristle Dress from Francis Bitonti Studio after donning the 3D printed garment at a Brooklyn photo shoot.

As MakerBot’s Blake Eskin notes, the two-piece dress is cloudlike, as much an armature that poses the body as a garment to pose in.

The Friday evening photo session, which yielded the striking images below, was the first time designer Francis Bitonti saw anyone wearing the dress.

“The computer is able to visualize everything accurately, I don’t really feel the need to do fittings,” Francis Bitonti told the official MakerBot blog.

“I wasn’t surprised about how it fit, I wasn’t really surprised about anything.”

Indeed, with the translucent top of the dress, Bitonti able “to bleed the body into the atmosphere.”

The Bristle Dress – made on an Atmel-powered MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer – is Bitonti’s second work of couture developed in his New Skins computational design workshop. The Bristle Dress was printed using MakerBot Flexible Filament and MakerBot Natural PLA Filament, with fake rabbit fur lining the tessellated skirt.

Interested in learning more? The relevant Bristle Dress 3D files are currently available on Thingiverse. The top takes 160 hours to print, while the skirt takes another 135.

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