Whenever fashion and technology meet, the end result is usually a bit absurd, a bit playful: take fashion phones for instance. This time round, the fusion has been approached from the perspective of a fashion designer called Hussein Chalayan with the result being a mesmerizing collection of clothes that elegantly redesign themselves thanks to complex, hidden animatronics. In one design, hundreds of concealed swarovski crystals appear from nowhere to completely change the image of a dress; another shows a dress turn smoothly into a frilly hat. Practicality certainly isn't the appeal here -- the dress / hat combo leaves the wearer completely nekkid -- but surely this is the first step towards clothes that adapt to our environment, and look good doing it too.

[Via BoingBoing]

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Animatronic fashion is here