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Art, fashion, interactivity intersect in exhibit

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A “wearable moral display” dress and a coat that lets you “wear your story” are just two of the startling works in a new show.

Combining digital technologies with custom design, the “Coded_Couture” exhibit is at Oklahoma Contemporary, 3000 General Pershing Blvd.

Displayed on a stand with video, the “Holy Dress” resembles a very short, very “little black dress,” enclosed in a copper wire superstructure.

A text informs us that a lie detector and collar for training dogs enable the dress to administer shocks in response to lies by its wearer.

Mellisa Coleman, one of its three Netherlands designers, said the functions of the shocks are to “cleanse you of your sin … and train you to be truthful.”

Adding a slightly risque commentary is the video, containing references to a vanitas theme, and an Eve-like model, biting an apple.

Coleman also designed the trench coat, which stores dated, audio file punch cards, on its inside flaps, letting you “literally wear your own story on your person.”

Equally intriguing is an “iMiniSkirt,” created by London artists Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz, which changes color due to “real-time audience imput.”

Called “the world's first Haute Couture Twitter Dress,” it consists of a blue V-necked top over a white skirt on whose flaps flame-like patterns appear.

Nearly hypnotic are two gauzy white dresses made from super organza, photo-luminescent thread, light sensors and electronic devices by Chinese Montreal artist Ying Gao.

Described as “a master of the ephemeral,” Gao imbeds the dresses “with eye-tracking technology that is activated by a specator's gaze,” we are informed.

Catching our eye, too, is a wall display by French artist Cedric Flazinski of outlandish white leather shoes, based on responses to a psychological questionnaire.

Rotterdam artist Marloes ten Bhomer offers us shoes based on the “specific physiognomy of each wearer's foot.”

Ten Bhomer also supplies the show with a nearly surreal video of a high-heeled foot, stepping on various things with wildly varied results.

Ruffled feathers become literal, responding to emotional changes in the wearer's heartbeat, in a “Biowear” garment by New York City artist Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman.

Taiwan-born, New York artist Alison Tsai bases a white coat, black coat and long dress on “a cryptographic system that translates habits and rituals into pattern, material and texture.”

Small model garments by Brooklyn artist Mary Huang encourage us to visualize the potential of letting people “draw” their own “D.dress” using an online program.

“Apparel,” a neoprene garment and video, by the French collaborative Normals, lets viewers connect, via their smart phones, to the actual piece of clothing on display.Read more

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