Dutch fashion designer Anouk Wipprecht is bridging the gap between haute couture and high tech, combining style and electrical engineering to create interactive garments. As an Autodesk artist in residence, Wipprecht spent three months in San Francisco designing the basis for Tesla coil-based dresses, reactive skins, and more.
“Technology allows… for a new relationship between space and the body, and a new connection or symbiosis with the body,” says Wipprecht. “The position that technology has in our society will get more and more intimate, and as it actually scrolls closer and closer to the skin, we need to recreate the relationship we have to our systems.”
A shoulder piece with tubing for ink to flow through.
Fashion, Wipprecht said, lacks microcontrollers. Click through to see Wipprecht’s “other worldly” designs.
3D-printed models of Anouk Wipprecht's work. Clockwise from left: a shoulder piece that allows for fluid to flow through; half of a smart shoe; another half of a smart shoe, which is part hollow.