Futuristic Fashions that Never Came to Fruition

The Microchip Dress
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As humans, we're always making garments out of yesterday's technology. Right? Designer Melissa Panages thought so in 1983. Here we see Panages, center, and two models dressed for cyber success in a trio of computer chip dresses. You can explore more of her work at Famous Melissa & Co! High Tech Couture.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.