Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde creates a sensual, practically mischievous, wearables in his latest project Intimacy. Intimacy is about technology becoming intimate extensions of our skins. Developed by his lab, Studio Roosegaarde, V2_Lab and fashion designer Maartje Dijkstra , Intimacy consists of high-tech garments that become transparent. The distance between the garments determines their level of transparency, creating an intimate experience and a sensual play of disclosure.
The garments are made with wireless, interactive technologies and smart foils, which can become transparent. The smart foils are a custom material Roosegaarde worked with a manufacturer to further develop. It has the capability of fading from transparent to white and vice versa.
I’m not sure what the illuminated globe is in the neck of the wearer. I will report back once I find out. The illuminated globe or “pearl” contains a wireless device which communicates with the dress using RF Transmission. When the “pearl” is brought closer to the dress, the dress slowly becomes more transparent. I’d also love to see a video of the dress in the action. Here’s a great interview with Roosegaarde regarding his thinking behind the Intimacy project.