It’s not denim or lace. It’s not midi or mini. The future of fashion is all about integrating technology to create a beautiful and unique experience. These fashions were created by a group of young designers who know that the body is the mobile device of choice. Take a peek at their creations.
A new piece of conceptual fashion FURver is an interactive hard shell corset with “emotionally volatile” fur. Like many threatened creatures, the clothing reacts to the proximity of those who get too near. Inspired by sea anemones, animated tentacles rise and bio-luminescent color intensifies to warn predators of personal space dimensions being invaded as well as protect the wearer. The sensor is located at the base of the neck – like eyes in the back of your head. As it sees someone approach, fiber optic spines rise and light up to warn and protect – almost like an extension of goose bumps. The hard shell corset is personal space armor as well as a interactive protection of spatial boundaries.
The Cocoon Necklace takes its design cue from insect cocoons. It is made of felt-covered LEDs, the same way a cocoon would cover and protect the pupa inside. The soft glow coming from the LEDs represents the life inside of the cocoon – that’s you. Tasteful tech-art at its best.
DIY wearable fashion can be simple, too. Here’s a a handmade headphone hoodie – a jacket with speakers built right into the hood.
Don’t let the cold weather stop you either. AGloves are simple but all important winter gloves that work brilliantly on all touchscreen devices, with all 10 fingers. And the price – less than $25 – is something to blog home about.
One of my favorites, the GER is short for Galvanic Extimacy Responder. Translation? It’s a mood sweater providing a display based on your emotions. The designer calls it a externalized intimacy — a display of the personal in the world — the interface by which we identify with the other so that we may gain greater insight of the self. GER visually displays the wearer’s emotional state as interpreted by a Galvanized Skin Response (GSR) – in other words, a classic lie detector test. The sensors read sweat [nervousness] and translate the data into a palette of affective colors.
The high collar, bowl design positioned with LEDs reflects onto the self for instant biofeedback and acts as a tele-display or external blush for the other. Located on and around the larynx, the visual interface replaces speaking, as emotions are instantly expressed. This creates a biofeedback loop that enhances the blush and tranquility of the wearer.
As the day winds down and the night stretches before us, twinkling LEDs come to life. The dress you’re looking at has won kudos in the field of wearables by combining technology with customizable prêt-â-porter fashion. The designer hopes to inspire a future where wearables are democratized, aestheticized, and performative. The LEDs in this dress are designed to react to luminosity – change the lighting and you’ll change the dress.
The outdoors man will like this pollutant shirt – it provides a warning signal by producing a visualization of the pollution that exists invisibly all around us. For example, when the shirt senses carbon monoxide, the piece subtly changes color and pattern to indicate higher levels of carbon monoxide in the atmosphere.
Hems go up and hems go down, just like the stock market. This bustier, when unbuttoned, wirelessly transmits real time stock updates to a nearby computer or mobile phone. The piece plays with the concepts of gender, economics and power. The eyelet on the top button acts as a sensor triggering the updated stock quotes to appear. And for the bashful, the first eyelet is all you need to open to get the quotes started. No nudity required.