Intimacy 2.0 is the second innovative fashion venture by Dutch digital design lab Studio Roosegaarde, exploring the relationship between intimacy and technology. It’s a wonderful interplay of fashion, psychology and physiology, the power of human attraction, design and technology that is perfect for a Friday feature.
A collaboration between Daan Roosegaarde and designer Anouk Wipprecht, the duo created high-tech dresses from leather and conductive, ‘smart’ e-foils. In the first Intimacy series, the e-foils reacted to the presence of other people – heat sensors embedded within the design would respond to the proximity of others (or alternatively any other source of heat like a radiator, so watch out) and would cause the e-foils to go transparent.
In Intimacy 2.0 both the theory and the designs have developed somewhat. The garments become increasingly transparent based on close and personal encounters with others in what the designers feel is a ‘sensual display of disclosure….‘ This time, the dresses respond to the wearer’s emotional stimuli in relation to others as opposed to merely reacting to external stimuli: a dress changes colour according to the heartbeat of the woman wearing it. What this means is that an attraction bringing about an elevated heartbeat or an encounter that leaves your heart racing could result in your potential suitor getting more than he ever bargained for….
The dresses themselves are highly futuristic and sci-fi looking, with plunging necklines and also a noticably fragile, robotic/erotic look. An interview with Wipprecht on the Fashioning Tech website highlighted her idea of creating a ‘second skin’ in the meeting of technology and fashion:
“I tend to create my designs towards soft sci-fi statements, in my mind technology should become more fragile and second-skin like than bulky and robotic. I like to think in ways of embryonic, organic and symbiosis. That’s why I like to experiment with fluids and foils coupled to responsive sensory systems rather than reacting led’s and displays” – Anouk Wipprecht
Whilst I see this series as a very conceptual one, I understand that Studio Roosegaarde is aiming to collaborate further with fashion designers. I leave the last word to Wipprecht, who believes that, “Our society will get more sensory based and as soon as we adapt that into our system, intelligent clothing will be booming“. It’s an interesting thought that human tactics of flirting and attraction – wooing messages, dinner dates and the gift of flowers may become obsolete, yet maybe even with these dresses, the art of ‘the gaze’ and love at first sight may assume greater significance….
Have a lovely Easter weekend, Blog Reader, StyleOnTheCouch xo