BUTTERFLY DRESS
2008 CLOTHES / 衣服



Golden butterflies flap in tandem with the wearer's heartbeat...

You are gorgeous and cutting-edge in the Butterfly Dress, catching looks and conversation as the butterflies on the dress flutter with your heartbeat even as you're reaching for your glass.

Silk organza, gold metallic linen, silver, brass, custom circuit, conductive ribbon, motor, rechargeable battery. The butterflies are laser cut and sketched from living species.

Size: 6 (US)

v2 of the dress was made with the generous support and skills of Laura Moore, Pratt Institute.

「蝶々のドレス」

シンプルなドレスに蝶々二つが眠っている。着用者の心拍と同様に蝶々の羽が脈打つ。言葉や身振りなどのコミュニケーションをとらなくても、人間のセカンドスキンを通して相手と対話できる。3枚のシルク布を重ねて実現している。肌にふれる一枚目にセンサー、マイクロマイクロチップ、電池等がついている。外側の2枚はこれを隠し、ボリューム感をだしてくれる。蝶々はドレスの中に固定し、羽部分だけが表面に浮かぶ。市場に出ているドレスと同じく軽く、お出かけに最適。

Any night out begins with a dance in the wardrobe to decide what delectables to wear. Where are you going? Who will you be meeting? How will you capture the attention of that gentleman across the room? What if your clothes could function as an ice-breaker and literally invite a conversation - or better yet - instigate him to do so? The Butterfly Dress is just that, a beautiful dress which catches attention, but also serves as your personal ambassador, even while you are preoccupied.

Clothes, which function as an insulating layer between their wearer and the outside world, are in the perfect position to instigate conversations beyond branding and style. The Butterfly Dress is aware of the heartbeat of her wearer. Using this data she controls the flapping of the golden butterflies attached to her surface. The magic is in the motion.

The Butterfly Dress is an exploration of fashion, interactivity and sociality. The dress itself is light and does not sacrifice form for function. The battery and butterflies are removable, making the dress washable - essential for wearability. The butterflies are attached modularly, allowing mood and situation to influence the personalization - and visual appearance of the dress.