One of my raver BFFs clued me in to Anouk Wipprecht a year or so ago. I kinda freaked out. Not only does her stuff look like old school raver clothes, but it also DOES STUFF. Like paint itself, create smoke clouds, and makes drinks. In my opinion, in most of Wipprechts pieces she is successful at creating something unique, conceptual, and technologically challenging while maintaining a distinct look and aesthetic quality. No small feat. How awesome would it be if Bjork wore one of these? Better yet, if I wore one at Burning Man? Yeah prolly not gonna happen but this DEFINITELY gives me a shit-ton of new ideas for Burning Man costumes (that will get a post unto itself ).
In putting together this post it seems she works more on a per-project basis as opposed to producing seasonal collections. Other than Hussein Chalayan, technology pretty much is never featured in major fashion collections. Although to produce 1 or 2 collections a year fully integrated with technology would require an insane amount of work, I can’t help but feeling that this should be the new direction of haute couture. I wholeheartedly agree that the old traditions and techniques of couture should be preserved and maintained by the licensed houses. However, with continuing declines in the number of official couture houses, closing of specialty craft houses, reduced market and profitability of couture lines, why not start a couture house focusing on intricately welded electronics hand sewn into garments? Not a bad idea to reinvigorate a declining industry. I would loose my shit if Wipprecht got the backing to create a couture-level show.
I’ve highlighted some projects below, but for a full bio check out Wipprechts’ website.
2010 DAREDROID, cocktail making cocktail dress in collaboration with Jane Tingley and Marius Kintel in Vienna, Austria
2010 PSEUDOMORPHS fashiontech, transformable pieces in collaboration with V2labs [institute for the unstable media] Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2011 INTIMACY 2.0 a series of two dresses that become transparent when approached, collaboration with Studio Roosegaarde
2012 SPIDER DRESS in collaboration with Daniel Schatzmayr, a mechanic dress utilizing spider legs with embedded protection system.
2012 SMOKEDRESS in collaboration with Aduen Darriba; dress has a wearable accu driven smoke system with implemented wireless technology, creates the illusion of smoke around the body.
There is an excellent interview with Wipprecht on Fashioning Technology.