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Victoria's Secret Fashion Show model to sport 3-D printed wings

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Whether you're planning on ogling the models or the pretty lingerie they're wearing during tonight's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, here's a tip: take a second to check out the wings one of them will be wearing.

Wings have become synonymous with the Victoria's Secret Angels over the years, but this year one pair has gotten a bit more high-tech. Model Lindsay Ellingson will walk down the runway in a pair of wings made with a 3-D printer.

The delicate-looking wings, corset, and headpiece set are the product of a partnership between Victoria's Secret, Swarovski Crystal for the bling element, and 3-D printing company Shapeways, which is currently offering a selection of prints inspired by the project and has produced interesting items such as a gown for Dita Von Teese in the past.

Architect Bradley Rothenberg was the brains behind the design, which was created with an algorithm used to mimic the fragile structure of a snowflake. Ellingson underwent a full body scan done by Rothenberg and Shapeways to construct the outfit to her exact shape.

Though they look extremely fragile and lightweight (the second half is true, at least; the structure weighs less than a pound), the wings are made of laser-sintered nylon and are "surprisingly strong for how visually delicate the design is,” according to Duann Scott of Shapeways.

29-year-old Ellingson, who will also be seen in two other outfits tonight, shared a peek at the wings on social media today, proving that "science meets fashion" for this year's show.

The 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show airs on CBS tonight at 10/9c.



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