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Diana Eng’s inflatable dress

Posted by on Feb 16, 2009 in Aesthetics, Augmenting, Conceptual, Kinetic, Robotics | No Comments

This is an older project, but still worth a reminder. Diana Eng, in collaboration with Emily Albinski, created this gorgeous dress way back in 2003, which ended up making its way on the cover of ID Magazine. The designers used this project to explore how they could use electronics to change the shape and color of a gown. The dress inflates to allow you to change it’s shape. Pump up the back or the sides to change its silhouette.

The designers made no attempt to hide the electronics, rather, they exposed the spaghetti-ball of wires and components as the main aesthetic. This was a pretty outrageous design at the time. Since then, inflatable and shape-shifting garments have been a topic of exploration from designers such as Hussein ChalayanExtra-Soft (XS) labsYing Gao, and Teresa Almeida.

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