Well, they do wear a flurry of wings throughout, one of which was realized using 3-D printing technology.
Enviously fit supermodels Adriana Lima, Behati Prinsloo, Lily Aldridge, Candice Swanepoel, Karlie Kloss, Doutzen Kroes, Alessandra Ambrosio, Joan Smalls and Cara Delevingne took to the runway in various stages of undress to model haute couture bras, panties, bustiers, riding crops and other accouterments.
The 18th annual show took place at the Lexington Avenue Armory in
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It's the second time Victoria's Secret has used the 3-D technology on the runway. In 2012, fashion designer Asher Levine used Makerbot's 3-D printers to print multicolored glasses for the models,
This year, the brand teamed up with Shapeways, a 3-D printing service, to create the snowflake-like wings, which were designed by Bradley Rothenberg.
"It's perfect because in fashion and jewelry, there are seasons -- every season there's something new, and with 3-D printing you can do something very new in a short period of time," Shapeways designer "evangelist" Duann Scott told CNN. "Because everything's on demand ... with 3-D printing supply exactly meets demand."
The 29-year-old California model was pretty thrilled about her techie getup too.
"Science meets Fashion in this year's #vsfashionshow! I'll be wearing the first ever #3Dprinted @official_swarovski look designed by architect #BradleyRothenberg, printed by @shapeways and covered in sparkling #swarovskielements!" she captioned a photo collage of the look on
Ellingson's body was scanned by the 3-D scanner and the delicate white wings were printed with nylon plastic, layer-by-layer, then embellished with a bevy of Swarovski crystals. Another model, Barbara Fialho, stood in for Ellingson at some of the fittings since her measurements matched those of Ellingson, the cable news outlet said.
The whole thing -- wings and bustier -- weighed about a pound, Duann told Wired, unlike the extremely heavy feathered wings usually worn by the models.
"The 3-D printed nylon used in the outfit is surprisingly strong for how visually delicate the design is," he said. "When the models first wear the outfit, they move very carefully but soon realize just how durable the material is and forget they are wearing it at all."
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