When clothes interact with their environment
I wanted to present you the work of Yin Gao, designer and professor at the School of Fashion of Montreal & UQAM School of Design. Her experiments combine art and technology for fashion to be more responsive to humans. Graduated from the High School of Applied Arts in Geneva, Yin Gao tries through her experiments to capture the elusiveness nature.
Her work, through an original and rigorous demarche, is expressed by two methods of technology integration to the heart of design. The first, by physically integrating technological elements in its fabric. She created a structure within which all elements (sensors, cameras, microprocessors …) are incorporated to the garment. The Playtime collection, inspired by movies on the pervasiveness of surveillance in our society, invites us to question appearances and the perception of objects in space. Combining Super-Organza and electronics, two dresses protect their wearer from monitoring, by ruining the image when the camera is pointed at them. One is smooth and soft, changes shape when it detects cameras: making the image blurred. The second features small lamps, integrated and hidden in a delicate fabric. They produce overexposure when the flash of the cameras gets off.
The second uses technology as a source of inspiration more or less visible. Some of her works are disruptive software applications. Through the creation of concepts of clothing pieces, she questions our assumptions on clothing by mixing urban design, architecture and multimedia. Her forward-thinking Berlin Nagoya project questions the notion of clothing as a finished, preset, not scalable object. She draws her conceptual and aesthetic references in the transformation of the urban environment of the two cities and their stunning transport infrastructure. In collaboration with two Japanese industrial designers and Berlin Amaike Textile Industry, the inventor of the world’s lightest fabric, this piece is inspired by the increased mobility of people and information. Alternately a dress, a scarf, a bag and a projector screen.
Originally published at www.clausette.cc on October 5, 2014.