Top 10 Smart Dresses – The fashion industry is evolving, improving, refining. Technologies once perceived as sophisticated, have become standard, as with time, technology morphs into tradition. If half century ago was impossible to imagine robots building cars, nowadays it is hard to imagine otherwise.
“There was a time when even the metal needle would have been seen as shocking and profoundly new,” said Jonathan Ive, the Chief Design Officer at Apple.
In that light, we have selected here top 10 smart dresses, that only six years ago would have been seen as nonsensical or sci-fi at their best. Six years later, not only that we accept but also want to buy them. In no particular order, here we go:
1. Smart Dresses of Memory by Tae Gon Kim
Artist and designer, Tae Gon Kim hails from South Korea and lives in Strasbourg, France and Kim’s work can be described as “translated emotions into technical and fashion statements.”
Tae Gon Kim’s celestial work “Dresses of Memory, ” shapes hundreds of fibre-optic strands into the form of four beautiful and extravagant dresses. “Suspended in darkness”, the dress appears as a fantastic, shimmering creature from the realms of fantasy.
2. The Butterfly Dress by Ezra and Tuba
Before the “Cognitive Dress” designed by Marchesa’s Keren Craig with IBM technology, and presented at the Met Gala this year for the Manus X Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology” exhibition, there was another smart, “cognitive” dress: the Butterfly Dress.
Powered by Edison, Intel’s Compute Module and conceived by the avantgardist designers and sisters, Ezra and Tuba in 2015, the dress can detect the presence of a person by flapping slowly then fervently and finally, by releasing an en masse swarm of butterflies, in a climactic launch.
3. (No)where And (Now)here Smart Dresses By Ying Gao
The Montreal-based fashion designer, Ying Gao uses “sensory tech” to power up most of her interactive dresses. The impressive garments can react to spectator’s gaze in various ways, from changing colour to subtle fabric movements.
By using photoluminescent threads, eye tracking and voice technology, Gao brings her garments to life. Her dresses can light up, move, respond to voice and even change shape when you are gazing at them.
More impressive is that her creation was born in 2013, three years ahead of the Met Gala show that made the world aware of what Fashion and Tech can do together.
4. The Tinkerbell Dress By Richard Nicoll And Studio XO
Richard Nicoll and Studio XO set off at London Fashion Week S/S 15, in partnership with Disney to produce the Tinkerbell fibre optic dress.
Richard Nicoll’s sports chic S/S15 dress shows how good wearable tech looks even in a high-fashion format. The dress is made from a lightweight fiber-optic powered fabric, embedded with high-intensity LEDs, thus creating a glittering pixie dust effect in a darkened room, yet equally subtle and wearable in daylight, with a shimmering finish.
5. The Air Dress By THE UNSEEN
The chameleon-like clothing can change colour conform to your body’s or surrounding temperature.
Each of the stimuli affects the dress in different ways. “Heat affects colour in RGB and Pantone irreversibly, where pollution can only go back and forth, from yellow to black.”
The custom fabric integrates nanotech with chemical compounds, dyes and special inks so when subject to environmental factors—like UV rays, wind, humidity, the dress reacts and changes its appearance.
6. Cognitive Dress By Marchesa Fashion
Designed using Watson artificial intelligence technology and cognitive tools from IBM Research Marchesa’s design team selected five emotions they wanted the dress to convey: curiosity, joy, excitement, passion and encouragement.
Then, the team at IBM Research fed the data into a cognitive colour design tool and aligned these emotions with colours and used LED technology to change colours.
However, the most important aspect of the dress is given by the data-driven thanks to Watson Tone Analyzer, tapping into the global social sentiment via Twitter, and using the LED lights to change the dresses colours, based on the social conversations.
Katy Perry’s MET Ball Dress by CuteCircuit
A combination of silk chiffon and over 3.000 color-changing LEDs turned Katy Perry into a chameleon back in 2010, six years ahead the Deus X Machina exhibition at the Met this year.
“I know a couple of people are coming like lit up and stuff like that, and I am like, ‘I did that in 2010, you are late!’,” she said in a recent interview.
The star turned up at the Met Gala in 2010, wearing a CuteCircuit gown that did not seem much out of the ordinary at first until it started flashing its rainbow-colored MicroLED lights, controlled by a switch hidden inside Perry’s bra. By the way, Cute Circuit is a London-based wearable-tech company and not French.
Cinderella Dress by Zak Posen
Posen’s illuminating ball gown was one of the fashion tech winning dresses Met Gala this year. Just like Katy Perry’s dress from Cute Circuit, on the red carpet, Posen’s dress looked just ordinary with nothing to indicate what was to come.
However, the elegant gown was impressive, to say at least, in total darkness. The “Disney Princess” was straight-up stunning thanks to its powder-blue glow-in-the-dark effect coming from the fibre-optic woven organza.
A fairytale dress of an amazing quality that most women hope to afford and wear one day.
Fluid Dress by Charlie Bucket
Made of 180 meters of clear, flexible plastic tubes woven on a loom designed by Charlie Bucket himself, the dress enables the wearer to display brief messages and express moods as she likes.
The original 2010 dress has a computer connected to a pump, in a backpack, allowing the wearer to determines both the colour of the fluid and the ratio of air – fluid pumped into the tubes. The result is a vibrating dress that adapts to the wearer’s state of mind.
Intimacy 2.0 Dress by Anouk Wipprecht and Studio Roosegaarde
The fashion tech collaboration between the Dutch designers Studio Roosegaarde and Anouk Wipprecht resulted in a smart dress that depending on your emotional state, can change between obscurity and transparency, hence its symbolic name, Intimacy.
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Getting excited or embarrassed when wearing the dresses, will increase your heart rate and make the dress transparent. The garment is using leather and electrically-sensitive foils that become opaque or transparent according to alterations in the voltage.