Snowflake Bustier

For the 2013 Victoria's Secret fashion show, architect Bradley Rothenberg designed a 3-D printed bustier based on a snowflake pattern repeated at fractal scales. It was fitted to the model's proportions based on a 3-D scan, and printed by Shapeways out of nylon powder sealed into fibers with lasers, a process called "sintering." While you can't buy Rothenberg's bustier this holiday season, we've compiled some other 3-D printed fashions you can give to your friends and family right now.

ArchetypeZ Necklace

Before you wrap this necklace up for your loved one, stash something personal, like a tiny note or a photo, in the matchbox-sized compartment. $75

Freshfiber Ring

Freshfiber makes this 3-D printed ring with interchangeable top pieces that snap on and off with magnets. $49.99

Nervous System Necklace

This asymmetrical Nervous System necklace is built of 120 unique tetrahedrons. The company allows you to customize any of its earring, necklace, or brooch designs. $350

Nervous System Custom Jewelry

You can also use Nervous System's custom web app to design your own cell-inspired rings or bracelets.

Continuum Bikini

NYC-based Continuum retails a 3-D printed nylon bikini. It's not 100% custom-fit, though it can be customized by height and bra size. The company also created CONSTRVCT, an open software platform for digital fashion design. $250-300.

Continuum Shoe

These nylon printed shoes from Continuum are wearable thanks to the strength of their geometric design, a patent leather inner sole and synthetic rubber toe, and heel taps. Email the company for more details.

ThreeForm Lotus Top

Available through the Shapeways design store, this plastic collar requires a 3-D body scan for a truly custom fit. $686.77

BrandonWong Glasses

These foldable glasses come in six colors, with translucent, frosted, and intricately etched finishes. $40-$65

Dita Von Teese Dress

Brooklyn architect/designer Francis Bitonti and fashion designer Michael Schmidt created this laser-sintered nylon dress adorned with Swarovski crystals for burlesque star Dita von Teese in 2013. Spirals based on the Fibonacci sequence are made to precisely hug her curves. You can't buy this one for yourself, but it's so fabulous that we couldn't resist including it in this slideshow.

3-D Printed Fashion Gift Guide

The Victoria's Secret show last night featured 3-D fashion. Here are some 3-D printed accessories you can buy today.

Last night, a model in the Victoria's Secret fashion show walked in a snowflake-patterned bustier and wings designed by architect Bradley Rothenberg and printed by Shapeways. Constructed of laser-sintered nylon ("sintering" is a process that uses heat to fuse powder into flexible material), the entire piece weighed less than a pound and was custom fit to a 3-D scan of model Lindsay Ellingson's body.

Clearly the era of 3-D printed fashion and accessories is inching ever closer within reach. Fashion, with its globe-spanning supply chains, massive popularity, and worrying labor violations and environmental impact, is one sector where mass customization, localized production, and less waste could revolutionize the market.

But, as the items in this slideshow make clear, while it is possible to get custom fit, custom design, comfortable wear, reasonable retail prices, and cutting-edge visual effects, it's still not quite possible to obtain all of those features in a single 3-D printed garment.

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  • Alice Wang

    Wonder Beauty is a China Lingerie Manufacturer and We also Wholesale Lingerie and Clubwear.

  • Ben

    Anya - the architect's name is Bradley Rothenberg, not Rosenberg. He's a close friend of mine. Pls fix. Thanks