Some people just love it when the spotlight’s on them. Others, however, are not too keen on the extra attention. But if dresses had personalities, then these pieces by designer Ying Gao belong to the first category. They’re plain frocks at first glance, but they’ll literally light up and move once they feel your gaze upon them.
Gao worked with robotics designer Simon Laroche to create the two dresses collectively known as (No)where (Now)here. The dresses are equipped with eye-tracking sensors and motors; the former, to detect when someone’s looking at it, and the latter, to trigger the wave-like movement of the fabric. The glow is generated by the photoluminescent thread sown all over it.
Ying Gao’s statement reads: “A photograph is said to be ‘spoiled’ by blinking eyes — here however, the concept of presence and of disappearance are questioned, as the experience of chiaroscuro (clarity/obscurity) is achieved through an unfixed gaze.”
This is wearable art at its finest.
VIA [ C|NET ]