DESIGNER | CURATOR | LECTURER
What does fashion lack? "Microcontrollers" according to Dutch based fashiontech designer and innovator Anouk Wipprecht. As she is working in the emerging field of "fashion-tech"; a rare combination of fashion design combined with engineering, science and interaction/user experience design, she created an impressive body of tech-enhanced designs bringing together fashion and technology in an unusual way. She creates technological couture; with systems around the body that tend towards artificial intelligence; projected as 'host' systems on the human body, her designs move, breath, and react to the environment around them.
Part futuristic, part anime-meets-high fashion, her aesthetics are set apart from more utilitarian wearables (which are all about function) and can be considered artistic creations in themselves. Many of her designs have been exhibited in exhibitions as well as demonstrated during events and showcases. In Anouk's designs the technology creates the aesthetics as opposed to simply enhancing a function which is hidden. Keen on showing the nuts and bolts of the garments (often the valves and mechanisms are displayed on the outside, we witness the designs creating their own unique forms of interaction, movement and meaning.
Wipprecht is artist, designer, curator and lecturer (Netherlands, Los Angeles, San Francisco, China, Austria) in electronic couture, worked for names as the Black Eyed Peas, SuperBowl, Eurovision, with work and interviews featured in international magazines. She is the brainchild/curator of the TECHNOSENSUAL 'Where Fashion meets Technology' exhibition, with attached Artist in Residency program to stimulate the grow of fashiontech projects coupling fashion designers and engineers together, that took place in Vienna/ Austria over the summer of 2012 and attracted 32.000 visitors in a two and a half month time span. She recently released the TECHNOSENSUAL exhibition catalog in collaboration with partner monochrom (AT) which gives a glimpse in the background concept and structure of the exhibition as well as representing featured artists participating in the exhibition.