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Veiled intentions

A veil that covers, deforms, and when it reveals it does so only in part. A metaphor for knowledge, that expands certain values and contracts others. It’s the theme that inspired “Vedas” by N. A. Cope and D. E. Arnold.

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Arturo Elena

A noteworthy aspect of Elena’s work is his ability to lengthen the human form while maintaining perfect harmony of proportion. Faces, hands, the details of the garments; all give rise to not only a fashionable image but also a complete universe of gratification for the observer.

[Arturo Elena]

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Iris

Normal rules need not apply…

[Iris van Herpen]

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Captain Electric

I’ve always been fond of novel modes of fashion. I believe clothing can be such a wondrous extension of how we see ourselves. Now that I am obsessed with computational materials I come across some intriguing fashion designs: one such example being the wildly imaginative clothing line by Captain Electric.

From the Captain:

Captain Electric is a collection of three electronic garments that both passively harness energy from the body and actively allow for power generation by the user. Reflecting fashion’s historic relationship between discomfort and style, the dresses restrict and reshape the body in order to produce sufficient energy to fuel themselves and actuate light and sound events on the body.

Itchy, Sticky, and Stiff (the Captain Electric collection) is the culmination of the «Captain Electric and Battery Boy» research project initiated in 2007 to explore the design possibilities for wearable human-generated power.

Using inductive generators, we convert kinetic energy from the human body into electric energy and store it within a power cell integrated into the garments. Rather than attempting to conceal the generators and their operation, we chose to overtly integrate them into the garment concept and design.

[Captain Electric and Battery Boy]

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perlamoda

“Why should you view something that’s not great?” – Cobra Commander

[Per la Moda]

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Fluid

I’m researching ferrofluid in hopes of creating (a) an installation of magnetized fluid and audio (a.k.a. Liquid Audio) and (b) creating a computational couture design utilizing this ridiculously beautiful and responsive material.

Ferrofluid is a interactive liquid that is powerfully magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field. Ferrofluids are colloidal liquids made of nanoscale ferromagnetic particles suspended in a carrier fluid (usually an organic solvent or water.) Large ferromagnetic particles can be ripped out of the homogeneous colloidal mixture, forming a separate clump of magnetic dust when exposed to strong magnetic fields.

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