Fashion Weeks have a tendency to be quite elitist. With every row, a person’s “status” diminishes. In the front, celebrities. In the front, Anna Wintour, editor-turned-celebrity. In the front, bloggers. In the second row? Who knows. The case is always that certain people need to be in the front row, because they control the flow of style. And that’s all well and good, but there’s also the case that everyday people might want to see a dress up close, instead of deferring to an Anna Wintour or a Kim Kardashian.
That’s where robots come in. The Democratic Front Row is an app that connects to a virtual reality robot that is replacing the front row at Ida Klamborn’s February 3 show.
By downloading the app (here for iPhones; no link available yet for Android), you can watch from the perspective of the front row by accessing this robot directly, from the comfort of wherever you are. Early adopters were able to get Google Cardboard (Google’s VR viewer), but those quickly sold out. But don’t worry, you can still get the immersive experience by downloading the app.
So, yes, it’s kind of like all of the snooty fashion people are being replaced by Rosie from The Jetsons, Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet, Bender from Futurama and more. And that’s just kind of hilarious, right?