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Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht made waves in the fashiontech scene with the Technosensual exhibit last year. She just released a video featuring the gorgeous, delicate SMOKE DRESS, created in collaboration with Aduen Darriba, which summons visions of interstellar nymphs frolicking in Neptune’s ice caves. Behold:
Fellow designer, Valerie Lamontagne, writes: “SMOKE DRESS is a collaboration between fashiontech designer Anouk Wipprecht [NL] and technologist Aduen Darriba [NL]. The dress is a wireless and wearable tangible couture “smoke screen” imbued with the ability to suddenly visually obliterate itself through the excretion of a cloud of smoke.
Ambient clouds of smoke are created when the dress detects a visitor approaching, thus camouflaging itself within it’s own materiality. The SMOKE DRESS, with its loose net of metallic threads and electrical wire, works at the scale of the magical illusionists trick, permitting a hypothetical magician’s assistant to perform her own disappearing act.”
Bravo, Anouk and Aduen.
A wearable [550 gram] and wireless system attracts attention with flirty blinks and sparks, but covers itself in a thick layer of smoke when approached – leaving the body undetectable. Operated by a micro-controller-based, battery-driven sensory system on the back of the design which calculates the wearer’s personal space and sends data to the tiny smoke generator between the shoulders, this system runs up to 4 hours prior to battery exchange. Functioning as protective shield, projected as parasitic instrument hosted on the body, it creates organic borders and communicates a non-verbal ‘fuck off’ signal.
Photography ROBERT LUNAK | MUA Shlomit Migay | model NICOLA [PH models] edit / documentation movie by Anouk Wipprecht. A explorative project with material support by Look Solutions (USA) Song used Jacaszek Goldengrove