Dress Discharges One Million Volts of Electricity Without Electrocuting Wearer
This wearable faraday cage dress by Anouk Wipprecht and Arcattack glows bright purple when electrified
Dutch electronic couture artist, designer and curator Anouk Wipprecht collaborated with Tesla coil music performance group ArcAttack to create an “electrifying” dress that conducts and discharges electrical current.
Wipprecht and Arcatack’s wearable “faraday cage style dress” was carefully designed and constructed so that it can discharge a million volts of electricity without electrocuting the wearer.
Wipprecht designed the dress at her artist residency in Autodesk in San Francisco. The fashiontech artist designed the dress specifically for a collaboration with ArcAttack, and the artists presented the dress at the 9th annual Maker Faire Bay Area.
The faraday cage dress is made of 94 waterjet-cut metal panels connected together with more than 600 rings. The dress has shoulder pieces fitted with 16-inch nitrogen-filled plasma balls that glow bright purple when electrified with the Tesla coils.
Wipprecht and ArcAttack followed the principle of “form follows function” when creating the dress since safety was paramount in this project. They conducted several product testings and made necessary modifications before they finalized the prototype for its debut at Makerfaire.
In an interview with Makezine, Wipprecht says the faraday cage dress allowed her to “engage the Tesla coils through the electricity.” The dress “caged” the designer from head to foot against the arcs of the Tesla coils. ArcAttack modified the coils to play musical notes by modulating the spark outputs.
The faraday cage dress debuted at Makerfaire is still a prototype, but it succeeded in creating quite a stunning visualization of how science and fashion can be fused together in an interesting piece. Wipprecht hopes to see a lighter, less bulky, and more wearable version in the near future. The designer has published the details of the design and build of the faraday dress on her Instructables page.