image via Anouk Wipprecht


the dress to end all dresses

or, how to be a cyborg fashion spider

Oh, you thought your New Year's Eve LBD was the dress to end all dresses? Hate to break it to you, but 2015 is about to one-up everything we thought made our wardrobes unique—starting with this 3D-printed spider-shaped bionic dress. Yup, we're all about to become cyborgs. Someone text Donna Haraway. 

The Spider Dress doesn't just make the wearer look like the ultimate alien badass. Designed by Anouk Wipprecht, a Dutch engineer and designer, it actually reacts to motion. Wipprecht told Motherboard, “The dress provides an extension of the wearers intuition. It uses proximity sensors as well as a respiration sensor to both define and protect the personal space of the wearer.” What that means? If you approach the wearer in an aggressive way, the bionic spider limbs move to an attack position. "Approach the system under calmer circumstance," she explains, "And the dress just might beckon you to come closer with smooth, suggestive gestures.” It's style meets technology meets self-defense. And we thought looking good was the most a dress could do for us.

The dress (if you can really call it that) will be fully unveiled at the Consumer Electronics show, January 6-9. In the meantime, here's a teaser trailer that's making our nerdy dreams come true: