Client

“Value Retail” specialises exclusively in the creation and operation of luxury outlet shopping destinations across the world. These villages, each with an individual character and architecture have helped refined the outlet shopping experience both for the shopper, as well as for the world’s leading trending brands.

In spring 2016, Value Retail will launch one of their most spectacular and luxuries villages to date in Shanghai. This new village called YiHaus.

Brief

The sophistication of contemporary material, science and technologies have led to increasingly connected relationships between our bodies and the environment around us. Not only is this technology enhancing the way we in which we work and develop as a society, but also informing what we wear, how we will look and the way in which we will navigate our everyday environments as individuals.

This project is not about creating a fantasy, but rather making tomorrow’s reality today.

Research Question

” Can Bodily natural processes transform what we wear? “

Considering that a worldwide energy crisis will be experienced by the majority of the population, alternative energies are indispensable for our living and development. We addressed this issue with a provocative interrogation about the future of fashion in this scenario.

What if technology could tap into our body to harvest the energy of its involuntary processes? Would these processes transform the materiality of fashion

‘Transformative’ is a vision for the future of Fashion in which human-material interaction will be a fundamental component of clothing. We are imagining a world where bodily processes will communicate with responsive materials and create a new, organic flux. In this scenario, the body will function as a resource of energy, while technologies such as bio-printing and nanotech will be the tools that extract and utilize this. 

The key element of our research is MIT Media Lab’s invention. It introduces a specific type of living cells as nanoactuators that react to body temperature and humidity change.  ‘BioLogic fabric’ opens and closes in response to human sweat. The textile relies on bacteria reportedly discovered 1,000 years ago by a Japanese Samurai. The Bacillus Subtilis microorganism has since been used to ferment foods in Japan, including the natto – a soybean-based dish. Teams from the MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group and Royal College of Art have used the bacteria’s ability to expand and contract in reaction to moisture and developed a method for incorporating it into material that can be used for garments. The different expansion and contraction level of the new materials creates a variety of bending behaviours in space and time. A film released by the lab demonstrates how clothes constructed from the fabric could contain diamond-shaped openings covered in two flaps. These flaps peel back once the wearer starts to warm up, providing additional ventilation and helping them to cool down.

Paulien Routs, Design Researcher, in collaboration with design platform Droog Design, cosmetic chemistry lab Thewa Innovations and aesthetic doctor Annabeth Kroeskop, has developed SOAK, a sweat- a sensitive textile coating that can provide a visual cue of hydration levels during an athletes’ workout. Industrial designer Naomi Kizhner has created a concept for an invasive jewelry collection that converts kinetic energy from the body’s involuntary movements into electricity. 

Our bodies are increasingly becoming a platform for sensitive and interactive technology and we strongly believe that this will lead to a profound transformation in the Fashion sphere.

Today, garments are inert and external layers that cover and adorn our bodies. What if their materiality would be ‘alive’, reactive and capable of adapting to our natural bodily processes? We think clothes will be designed as a transformative interface, a human-like extension, or a second skin.

The concept and video we created aims to present this process. The focus is put on the material metamorphosis, and this metamorphosis is catalysed by the body’s perspiration. Foam boards are there to conceptually represent the garment.

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