Would you wear a dress that signals to people that they’re standing too close to you?
Or how about a shirt that changes color when it senses a change in your mood?
Those are actual creations Dutch fashion designer and engineer Anouk Wipprecht has been working on for 20 years.
Her distinctive ‘fashion tech’ designs combine couture, interactive technology and artificial intelligence.
“So, on a day I am coding and designing, I am sewing and anything and everything that has to do with the body and technology and electronics,” Wipprecht told Morning Edition.
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How it started
Growing up in the Netherlands, she was influenced by American culture after watching MTV in the 90s.
“I was really fascinated by the notion that the people really express themselves through basically the things that they wear,” she remembers.
When she was 14 years old, she started making women’s clothing. By 17, while in fashion school, she started to feel a bit unfulfilled.
“I started to notice that the garments that I was creating never look. They were not doing anything. They were not sensory. They were not changing better. “
So, she decided to create something she’d never seen. She began designing with microcontrollers,…