One of the many points that Alan Moore tried to make with the graphic novel Watchmen was that the presence of a real-life Superman would change the world as we know it. Hence, 1987 America would have electric-powered cars, a blitzkrieg Vietnam War victory, a constantly-reelected Richard Nixon, and superfabrics with dynamic patterns.
The last bit didn't survive the transition to cinema, except in the form of Rorschach's amorphous mask. The idea, however, manages to live on thanks to Charlie Bucket. The Minnesota-based artist has created a one-of-a-kind dress with scintillating, ever-changing patterns.
The Fluid Dress is so-named because of the various luminescent liquids flowing through it, providing a dazzling show of light and color. Of course, since 2010 America doesn't have a naked, physics-defying smurf god to make super-polymer clothing, Bucket has to knit 600 feet of plastic tubing to create the desired effect. A backpack pump gives the dress' colored fluids some much-needed motility.
The full-body dress we see here is the culmination of his experiments in fluid sculpture, beginning with a skirt made over two years ago. Despite his claiming disenchantment with his work, Bucket is at least willing to show it off to the rest of the world, most recently at the Vimeo Festival + Awards last month. Model Rebecca Bortman was so impressed, she ended up wearing it for her indie band's music video.