This Shirt Reacts To People’s Gaze, So You Can Know For Sure If The Hottie At The Bar Is Checking You Out

You know how sometimes you can have a physical reaction to someone ogling you? Now there are clothes that can react to people for you, so whether it’s the creepy crawlies from the weird guy on the train or a stranger admiring your street style, your shirt knows what’s up. Iranian-American designer Behnaz Farahi created the first garment that reacts while you wear it. Half art installation, half fashion, Farahi calls the top “Caress of the Gaze,” complete with an eery video of the porcupine-esque fabric bristling after a man looks at the woman wearing it. I can’t tell if I love or hate this entire idea.

The shirt knows exactly who is looking at it. It knows this because of an embedded facial tracking algorithm that can detect gender, age, and the angle from which you’re being looked at. Depending on who and how they’re gazing, the piece slowly ripples — it might curl into itself under a judgy look or puff up if someone is approving.

The shirt itself is actually kind of cute. It’s like a big fuzzy crop top or smock. You know how on Project Runway when they had to make gowns for the Met Gala out of say, found objects from a junkyard, and make it look like “high fashion”? This piece has that sort of look. In a not very distant future, I could totally see women walking around, drinking martinis in this fur-like looking thing. It will be weird AF.

Then again, anything creepy the garment does, our skin does anyway even without us knowing it. Farahi told Wired, “It’s modeled after actual skin, not just morphologically, but behaviorally. It’s the response to external stimuli that makes it come alive.” Every quill on the top is 3-D printed with semi-flexible mesh and wire, but it doesn’t look that heavy.

Farahi thinks this is where fashion is headed. “To me, the future of fashion lies in the promise of being dynamic and interactive with the wearer,” Farahi told Fast Company. “Wearable technologies are changing our notion of what our bodies can do, allowing them to be augmented, enhanced, and expanded.” Farahi, who is based in L.A., thinks because of those technologies, the barriers between our devices and most intimate emotions (like feeling nervous when someone’s eyes are fixated on us) will be broken down.

I mean, if it comes in an oversized grey hoodie and/or sweatpants, I’m all about it.