High Fashion Meets High Tech

Nothing embodies the fusion of style and technology as much as the image of Dita Von Teese in her custom gown. Debuted in New York last year, the dress was created from 17 fully articulated black nylon pieces and bejewelled with over 13,000 Swarovski crystals. It was built on a computer specifically to fit the contours of the burlesque queen's body.

Dita Von Teese in her custom 3D printed gown.

Similarly, brands such as Continuum in San Francisco allow clothing to be customised by and for the end user. Their D.dress is a customisable garment that anyone with a computer and an internet connection can design. They call it a "user-generated little black dress" and it puts the power to create straight into the hands of the everyday shopper.

D.dress by Continuum

Even Victoria's Secret has jumped on board. At a fashion show late last year, model Lindsay Ellingson flaunted an elaborate 3D printed snow angel corset on the catwalk.

Lindsay Ellingson flaunts an elaborate 3D printed snow angel corset at Victoria’s Secret show 2013.

Unlike ever before, 3D technologies have allowed designers to push the boundaries and create objects that are limited only by their imaginations.

In Sydney, independent jeweller, Fairina Cheng uses computer aided design to create distinctive forms that are virtually impossible to make by hand alone.

Her signature Negative/Positive collection combines traditional hand skills with 3D modelling technologies. Designs are brought to life on a 3D printer, cast in precious metals and crafted into a contemporary range of rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets.

Negative/Positive oxidized 3D printed ring by Fairina Cheng

While seemingly precise, each of Fairina's designs is the result of experimentation, guesswork and a sprinkling of luck.

As technology advances, we look forward to seeing the new and exciting ways that designers will blur the line between high tech and high fashion!