It’s here — a dress that becomes transparent when you’re in the mood. (And you thought only Steve Jobs had cool ideas.) Advanced tech artist Daan Roosegaarde and fashion designer Anouk Wipprecht produced the dress. It’s called Intimacy 2.0 — the name doesn’t sound like haute couture, but it does suggest the high degree of science and technology that went into the garment.
The dress is made of leather and — here’s the good part — conductive e-foils that become transparent when exposed to electricity. It’s possible to design a circuit that is activated by an accelerated heart beat or an increase in body heat. And the subsequent flow of electricity will cause the e-foils to become transparent.
According to Studio Roosegaarde’s web site, “Studio Roosegaarde creates interactive designs that explore the dynamic relation between space, people, and technology.” And “By creating interactive designs that instinctively respond to sound and movement, Roosegaarde explores the dawn of a new nature that is evolving from technological innovations.”
Frankly, we’re skeptical about a new nature evolving from technological innovations. Don’t misunderstand us. We think that Roosegaarde Studios are doing wonderful innovative work and we like Anouk Wipprecht’s design. And we’re in favor of sexy clothing. It’s just that we doubt the usefulness of a dress that signals when the wearer is sexually excited. Can’t women signal clearly enough that they’re aroused and interested in getting it on? Can’t men tell when a woman is ready and willing and waiting? Or have we at Critical Pages simply been lucky over the years? (We really doubt that.)
For the linguists out there, the word E-foil seems to be another novel product of Roosegaarde Studios. We’ve tried to track the word, but every trail leads to Daan Roosegaarde, his studio, and this engaging dress. On the web site the model wearing the dress has the aura of a flawless, sophisticated robot — a very stylish one, and very beautiful in her technological way. E-beautiful, we think. You can get to the studio by clicking here.