The dress, dubbed Intimacy 2.0, is made of special fabrics which turn clear when electrified by a quickening heartbeat. The designers say that “Social interactions determine the garments’ level of transparency, creating a sensual play of disclosure.”
Well-know Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde created the unveiling dress out of leather, and smart opaque e-foils. Wireless technologies, electronics, LEDs, copper and other media are also built in Intimacy 2.0.
Award-winning desighen calls his style of fashion ‘techno-poetry.’ He said: “Intimacy 2.0 is a fashion project exploring the relation between intimacy and technology.”
“Technology is used here not merely functional but also as a tool to create intimacy as well as privacy on a direct, personal level which in our contemporary tech society is becoming increasingly important.”
V2_Lab, involved in creation of the dress, explains: “The ‘e-fashion’ of Daan Roosegaarde works as a second skin that transforms the body of the wearer into an interface. The project consists of high-tech garments made with wireless, interactive technologies and smart foils that can become transparent when electrified.”
“The distance between a spectator and the garments determines the garments’ level of transparency, creating an intimate experience and a sensual play of disclosure. As ultimate statement of exposure, the dress responds to flashlight. If a photographer takes a picture of the dress, for example, it will become fully see-through in the blink of an eye.”
The futuristic dress has been put on display in China, and its creator Daan has won a string of awards, including the Dutch Design Award and China’s Most Successful Design Award.
He has exhibited his work at the Tate Modern and the Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as at many other international galleries.
Daan is currently in talks to produce a fashion version of the dress, which responds whenever the wearer gets excited or embarrassed.
The unusual dress has been first unveiled in China, and its creator has won numerous awards, including the Dutch Design Award and China’s Most Successful Design Award.
The work is exhibited at the Tate Modern and the Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as at many other international galleries.
Commenting on what she thinks of the dress, fashion assistant Catherine Hudson told The Huffington Post: “This looks like the ultimate fusion of fashion and art but, as with most things that fall into that category, I’m not sure what practical purpose this dress could serve.”
“It wouldn’t be my partner’s cup of tea, so can’t see it ‘enhancing intimacy’ as the artist claims. And as for becoming invisible when embarrassed as well as turned on – I’d quite possibly be naked within seconds!”
YouTube users have also commented on a video demonstrating how the dress turns transparent.
“This is evidence that women can turn On an OFF their emotions like a light switch!” wrote one user.
“Im gonna invite some girl friends for a run !!!” joked another. “Lady gaga needs one.”
Meanwhile, Roosegaarde has said he’s “in talks” to produce a ready-to-wear line of similar clothing, as the current unit is only a prototype and a project.