Saturday, January 19, 2013

moody clothes and the foot's ball

Here’s an interesting idea in dynamic clothes by Dutch interactive technology design firm Studio Roosegaarde. Designed by studio founder Daan Roosegaarde and his team, the clothes consist of high-tech e-foils that can alter their opacity based on “close and personal encounters” with other people. Their first line, Intimacy leaves little to the imagination when transparent while Intimacy 2.0 is more strategic. Click here for video.

What do you think? Are the Intimacy dresses representative of a “sensual play of disclosure” as Roosegaarde believes, or just a gimmick? Would you wear clothes like this?

Of course, the flirty Intimacy dresses are purposely charged with sexuality, but what if the idea of mutable fashion arose in other ways? Apparently, that’s just the sort of work going on at the Heriot Watt School of Textile and Design, a leading textile design center located in Edinburgh that dates back to 1883. Check out this BBC news video showcasing amazing ideas such as – to pick one of several – textiles that change colour with body temperature. And if you want to read about other fascinating work in the idea of color-changing fibers, National Geographic has an interesting article worth reading.

There’s some fun to be had in imagining the possibilities of wearing clothes that can change with one’s mood or some other variable. Have you ever heard of those gadgets that aim to help single people meet? The idea is that when two people with similar interests (compatible profiles, I suppose) are in proximity to one another they get an alert and, in theory, can meet up? Imagine the same thing only instead of a device beeping madly your clothes change colour. Or how about temperature-sensitive clothes? When out in the sun, your clothes turn white to reflect sunlight while indoors you can be as goth as you want to be. The mind, my friends…it boggles with the possibilities. So what kind of interactive clothes would you want for yourself if the technology and textiles were available?

Note: Images borrowed from the Studio Roosegaarde website under fair use for illustrative purposes only. If the copyright owner wishes me to remove them, I will, of course, do so.


When my wife and I got back into the swing of things by resume dance lessons – focusing exclusively on swing (natch) – the grand return came with pain in the ball of my foot. Fortunately, the pain did go away, especially when I returned to my usual sandals. It would, however, come back only when I put on the dance shoes or similarly flat, flat, flat footwear. This led to using silicone gel pads that helped prevent the pain from arising but, alas, were very awkward to wear and keep in place. Then my wife perused one of the Footsmart catalogs we periodically receive and discovered these plantar cushions. Although I have to test them out at dance class, I’ve been wearing them with my flat-sole shoes with great results. They’ve made wearing my Converse and Demonia’s more comfortable for long periods of time.  I can even claim worry-free comfort with by wearing them with my Troentorp Audubons clogs which, due to the apparent fact that they are a size too big and thus require wearing socks to avoid chafing, This is how they wear, with a nice big pad under the ball of the foot:

I know, I know – not exactly glamourous fashion. But – and even those dear readers of mine who are still indestructible whippersnappers should take note, lest the future be painful – I share this because these cushions helped me forestall more permanent foot pain while enjoying shoes that I might otherwise have had to set aside except for the occasional brief forays. And I would hate for you to suffer too when an easy solution is within reach. So, there you go.


Mica said...

The cushions sound like a great idea! :)

Not a fan of the intimacy dresses at all, but the idea of colour changing clothes is pretty cool :)

Frederik Sisa said...

I don't think the intimacy dresses are for everyone or for every occasion, but the general concept is cool. Studio Roosegaarde is developing a version 3, for women AND men...maybe they'll have something more versatile...

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