fashion designer ying gao presents her collection of interactive clothing, ‘possible tomorrows’ consisting of two robotized garments. the pieces are connected to a fingerprint recognition system that reacts in the presence of a stranger.

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the aesthetic and motion of gao‘s garments are inspired by hypotrochoids — shapes borrowed from the vintage game spirograph. their flattened curves are drawn by a single point linked to a mobile circle that rolls without sliding, on and inside of an initial circle.

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shapes were borrowed from the vintage game spirograph



gao’s design was developed from a series of algorithms linked to the realm of pattern recognition, or scatter graph. the designs employ nylon mesh, nylon thread, PVDF thread, thermoplastic, and electronic devices.

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the designs employ nylon mesh, nylon thread, PVDF thread, thermoplastic, and electronic devices



as a designer and university professor, ying gao has achieved personal distinction through her numerous creative projects and exhibitions across europe. for gao, design is the medium situated in the technological rather than in the textile realm as sensory technologies allow garments to become more poetic and interactive.

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the aesthetic and motion of these garments evoke hypotrochoids

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the transparent silhouette reveals electronic wiring beneath

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the transparent, airy design creates a futuristic wardrobe

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the garment functions as a fragile protective space

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the design was developed from a series of algorithms linked to the realm of pattern recognition, or scatter graph

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the armor-like appearance creates a unique silhouette

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the interactive pieces react only when the user is confronted by a stranger

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gao’s designs operate in the realm between textile and technology

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the sensory garment creates a poetic and interactive statement

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