Haute Couture Faraday Cage Dress by Anouk Wipprecht


While the odds of you getting hit by lightning is approximately one to one octillion, Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht and music performance group Arcattack have created a wearable a metal dress that discharges one million volts of electricity. Part futuristic, part anime-meets-high fashion, the dress comprises metal plates, 600 rings of chain mail, 3D ‘plasma ball’ mounts on the shoulders and a spiked helmet with a grille on the front.

The designer Anouk Wipprecht wore the dress at the Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 show and conducted almost half a million volts as she stood between the coils. Two Tesla coils that can send electrical arcs up to twelve feet long were employed to demonstrate the garment’s potential. A Tesla coil is an electrical resonant circuit that produces high-voltage, low-current, high frequency electricity while the chainmail acts like a faraday cage to push the charge to the floor, which protected Wipprecht from the electricity.

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