Ever wondered what the creation process behind Anouk Wipprecht’s fashiontech designs is like? Luckily, Red Bull TV has come out with a documentary featuring Anouk behind the scenes and leading up to her fashion show at the biennial Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) in 2013 that gives us a peak into everything that went into creating her extraordinary fashion collection. The documentary, appropriately called Hardware Couture, was directed by Michael Bozzo and Justine Warwick. Here are a few screenshots from the Hardware Couture documentary: Dutch designer and engineer, Anouk Wipprecht explores the field of interactive design through her dresses, pointing out in the documentary that “fashion is a medium that is very close to the skin, and being partly an interaction designer, that is the perfect platform for [Anouk] to start [her] explorations.”
By blurring the line between technology and fashion, Anouk has drawn the attention of people and industries that are otherwise outside of the fashion scene. For the collection presented at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, Anouk was commissioned by the Volkswagen brand to create eight fashiontech pieces inspired by their car designs. The Smoke Dress, created with the support of architect Niccolò Casas and the 3D Printing expertise of Materialise was among the eight dresses that hit the Volkswagen catwalk.
It’s called the Smoke Dress because it interactively creates a veil of smoke whenever someone steps into the personal space of the wearer. The embedded proximity sensors and back-mounted, 530 gram smoke system on the dress react by releasing a perfectly dense smoke.
Made to support the embedded sensors and smoke system, and to give the impression of an ultra-futuristic fabric, the dress is made out of polyamide and TPU 92A-1, the first fully-flexible 3D printing material. Materialise’s 3-maticSTL software was used to create an assembly system for the five different pieces of the dress. And Materialise’s Magics software was used to fix and prepare the design file for 3D printing with laser sintering. In addition to the documentary, you can watch the Smoke Dress in action in this video on YouTube: