Looking for a special outfit that will tell your date exactly how you feel? Maybe you should consider the Intimacy Dress which disappears as the wearer becomes sexually aroused. The dress, which has leather ribbons and efoils embedded in it, measures a person’s heartbeat, and as the pulse races, the opaque fabric disappears exposing the body beneath. Designed by Dan Roosegaarde, the Intimacy Dress is a prototype for an entire line of clothing that Roosegaarde hopes to introduce in the future.
While the dress might take the guesswork out of how a date might end, it could also add some confusion. What if the woman wearing the dress is sexually aroused by someone other than her date or spouse? That could be an awkward moment. Since the dress works by measuring a racing pulse, what happens if the woman is running for a cab or eats a spicy burrito for dinner? Answer: she’s naked before dessert. While men might find this appealing, a woman might find this exposure a bit unsettling.
On the other hand, what type of woman wears a disappearing dress? My guess is someone who is a little bit adventurous and not at all shy. Since the dress has the potential of showing off body parts with little provocation, the wearer cannot be too concerned about said body parts being on display. I guess she could wear underwear to maintain some sense of mystery but to be honest, that seems a bit hypocritical to me.
This dress would be my nightmare—literally. I have that nightmare where I am back in school or about to give a big presentation and I somehow show up wearing no clothes or just underwear. Understandably, this sends me into panic mode in my dream, but if I were wearing the Intimacy Dress, not only would I not be panicked, I’d be scoring dates to last a lifetime. Remember, it’s a dream and I’m always at least 20 years younger in my R.E.M state.
While I don’t think I am a target audience for the Intimacy Dress, I am happy to learn that its designer is planning on making clothing for both sexes down the line. If that’s the case, might I suggest that eHarmony and Match.com (but probably not Christian Mingle) offer this illuminating wardrobe as a tool to their clients to help them figure out if they have found a winner in their dating profiles. If there is chemistry; there are no clothes. If the date is a dud, the duds remain visible.
The Intimacy line could prove beneficial in not only the romance department but the law enforcement realm. It could take the place of the traditional polygraph test used by police departments. Forget the wires and the boring “yes” and “no” questions. Strap on that dress, ask the questions and expose a liar. I bet this would make the police interrogation process a lot more interesting.