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Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 11/10/2011

See ‘Intimacy 2.0,’ a dress that becomes transparent as you flirt

Bad at flirting? Here’s a dress that will do the talking for you.

Designers from Studio Roosegaarde, an interactive design firm in the Netherlands, has created dresses that react to the wearer’s body, as well as to those around her. One dress changes colors to the beat of the wearer’s heart, becoming more transparent based on close encounters.
(Courtesy Studio Roosegaarde)

The “Intimacy 2.0” dress is made from e-foils, which become clear when they’re zapped with electricity. The designers say that “Social interactions determine the garments’ level of transparency, creating a sensual play of disclosure.” So, if a gentleman at the bar gets a woman’s heart racing, the dress will show more skin. A dull conversation from an unwanted suitor will keep the dress opaque.

The dress features a neckline that plunges to the midriff, with sculptural coils of the e-foil protruding from the shoulders. Though it looks a little bit like a “Project Runway” castoff, the company is inviting haute couture fashion designers to collaborate.

Studio Roosegaarde, which has also invented a dance floor that can generate electricity, describes the dress as “perfect for the red carpet,” but that would be true only if the wearer were planning to have a wardrobe malfunction. When the dress goes transparent, it’s quite see-through — so, flirting in the Intimacy dress is a way to wear your heart on your sleeve, and not much else.

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