Anouk Wipprecht is a Dutch designer for whom the concept of fashion as function doesn't mean utilitarian button downs, or a reversible jacket you can wear in lots of settings. Rather, the dress designer combines textiles and technology, to create what we might call cyborg couture, including this creepy crawly Robotic Spider Dress which dances around the wearer's face and protects them if someone approaches too quickly. It's a little reminiscent of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but you better believe no one else will want to invade your personal space. See more of Anouk's made–to–wear machines below. 


The Robotic Spider dress is one of several of Wipprecht's pieces, designed with robotics developer Daniel Schatzmayr, which challenges the limits of the human form. Wipprecht's design philosophy is inspired by this idea from science fiction writer J.C. Ballard: "Fashion is the recognition that nature has endowed us with one skin too few, and that a fully sentient being should wear its nervous system externally."

Cafe Neu Romance 2012: Robotic Spider Dress by Anouk Wipprecht (NDL) & Daniel Schartzmayr (AUT) from Vive Les Robots! on Vimeo.


Wipprecht has also designed this Pseudomorph self-painting dress, which takes the guesswork out of which gown you should wear to the intergalactic gala. If the aliens take over, you and your android ensemble will make a great first impression.

Pseudomorphs by Anouk Wipprecht (2010) from V2_ on Vimeo.


I would normally advise against mixing high fashion with drinking games, but the designer's "Daredroid" combines them both, fluidly. The dress is equipped with sensors that can detect the presence of another person, and will offer a non-alcoholic drink to attract them. If you'd like some alcohol in your ambrosia, you have to play Truth or Dare. If you win, you get a White Russian; if you lose, you get milk.


To see more of Daniel Schatzmayr's work, visit his page on Maker Bot

via Anouk Wipprecht and Fashioning Tech

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