by Inigo del Castillo in New Fashion on Wednesday 5 March 2014

A dress that becomes invisible when you’re horny? Sounds like something that came from a futuristic rated-R movie, but it’s actually real! ‘Intimacy 2.0’ uses a special fabric that turns from white to transparent when the proper conditions are set. Designer Daan Roosegaarde masterfully uses this technology to push the boundaries of fashion, creating a high-end, high-tech clothing line that brings intimacy to a whole new level. In this exclusive interview, Daan talks more about ‘Intimacy 2.0’ and his other new works, ‘Lotus Dome’ and ‘Smart Highway’. [Read the original post about this here]

Why did you build a clothing line that disappears? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of wearing clothes?
Intimacy is about expressing the identity of the wearer through clothing he or she wears. This is a whole different interpretation of the definition of clothes. There is a strong connection between the revealing and hiding of the person when looking to the wearers emotions. Social interactions determine the garmentsʼ level of transparency, creating a sensual play of disclosure.

How does the technology of this actually work?
The dress contains certain sensors which can measure the heartbeat of the wearer. When a heartbeat is captured the smart foils will be activated and become transparent.

Aside from being used in the bedroom, where else do you envision ‘Intimacy’ being used?
A wearer of Intimacy is dared to explore boundaries in identity and intimacy. Therefore the bedroom would be the safest choice of decor and this is not the essence of Intimacy. As a high (tech) couture piece, Intimacy is design for rewarding events, such as red carpets and catwalks.

You usually work with technology and engineers, and not with fashion and dress designers. How was your transition between the two? And what was the hardest part in moving a bit away from what you usually do and diving into something new?
There are a lot of fields we work on these days. There is always something new to discover or to play with. It is renewing and refreshing to open up boundaries and see what the world has to offer. This way we dare to look to the future and see more opportunities.

Can you tell us more about your other projects, ‘Smart Highway’ and ‘Lotus Dome’?
Smart Highway are interactive and sustainable roads of today. I and Heijmans Infrastructure are developing new designs and technologies for this Route 66 of the future. New designs include the ‘Glowing Lines’, ‘Dynamic Paint’, ‘Interactive Light’, ‘Induction Priority Lane’ and ‘Road Printer’. The goal is to make roads which are more sustainable and interactive by using light, energy and road signs that automatically adapt to the traffic situation.

Lotus Dome is a living dome made out of hundreds of smart flowers which fold open in response to human behavior. Deep inside the 17th-century Sainte Marie Madeleine Church in Lille Lotus Dome creates an interactive play of light and shadow. Last month our Lotus Dome was exhibited in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, for the first time in the Netherlands.