Anouk Wipprecht's ‘spider dress’ can attack

Forget Spider-man, now there's a dress that looks, responds and acts like a spider – and "attacks" when people get too close.

The 3D-printed piece of couture, which responds to how the wearer interacts with their surroundings, has been created by fashion-tech designer Anouk Wipprecht. The dress has proximity and respiration sensors built into it, which detect when the individual feels their personal space is being invaded.

If someone gets too close the dress will "attack", Wipprecht told CNBC, with mechanical limbs extending to defend the wearer's personal space.

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Jason Perry | Anouk Wipprecht's Spider Dress 2.0

Wipprecht is a fashion-tech designer who integrates technology and engineering into her designs. Previous clients of the Dutch designer's work include the Black Eyed Peas' Fergie Duhame.

The designer's latest spider dress is an advancement of an earlier prototype, which was created in 2012 with engineer Daniel Schatzmayr. The black dress was fitted with six mechanical legs in the shoulder pads, mimicking spider movements.

Previous fashion-tech designs created by Wipprecht include a dress that emits smoke, a self-painting dress and a cocktail-making dress.

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Protective fashion

Wipprecht isn't the only designer to take fashion to protective levels, however.

Betabrand, an online-based clothing business, teamed up with security software company Norton to produce a pair of jeans which it says help the wearer avoid identity theft.

Its READY Active Jeans contain a special fabric which is designed to prevent "digital pickpocketing" by criminals, who steal credit card details and passport information using "radio frequency identification", or RFI, scanners.

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The company is currently running a crowdfunding campaign to launch the Work-It Blazer, which also features RFID-blocking technology.

Separately, Lisa Pape, an engineer at InnovationRCA at London's Royal College of Art, has designed a pair of shoes called Path, which are designed to help people with Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis walk more steadily.

The shoes use "visual and tactical cues" to help people keep their balance when walking in public, according to the Royal College of Art's website.