IT WAS PROBABLY ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE THE FASHION WORLD WAS INVADED BY TECHNOLOGY, BUT IT’S STILL SOMETHING OF A SHOCK TO SEE IT IN ACTION. WOULD YOU BELIEVE GARMENTS THAT BECOME TRANSPARENT IN RESPONSE TO YOUR BEATING HEART?
PICTURE A CROWDED DISCO with strobes flashing, music pounding, and gyrating bodies turning the dance floor into a kaleidoscope of colour and movement. Hold on… are you seeing things? Is that woman’s dress becoming transparent? In short, yes.
Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde has succeeded in creating garments that react to the wearer’s heart rate, becoming more or less transparent. As the man himself tells it, his wearable artworks function as “an exploration of the dynamic relation between architecture, people and technology”.
His so-called Intimacy fashion project, exploring the relationship between intimacy and technology, features high-tech
garments crafted from opaque “smart” e-foils that become increasingly transparent when subjected to er… close and personal encounters, creating what Roosegaarde describes as “a sensual play of disclosure”. He’s currently on the lookout for haute couture designers who’d like to develop their own vision using his unusual dressmaking materials. Roosegaarde is no newcomer to avant garde. He’s already exhibited at the Tate Modern, the National Museum in Tokyo and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and has won the Dutch Design Award and China’s Most Successful Design Award.
‘As far as I’m concerned, progress peaked with frozen pizza.’ – John McClane, leading character in Die Hard 2