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An analog interaction rich with narrative

Posted by on Jul 13, 2010 in Augmenting, Fashion | No Comments

Fashion designer Catherine Chow has been inspiring the fashion and art community for years with her avant-garde approach to her garments and her longing to push the boundaries of everyday materials. So, I wanted to resurrect one of her projects that she did a few years ago that fast-tracked her to fame and that is still so beautifully inspiring…her zipper dress. The dress, a wedding gown, consists of a single zipper that requires it to be unfurled and unzipped to remove. I love the simple (and analog) interaction of this garment and the story that the interaction tells. Since the garment is a wedding dress, it comes with all of the connotations, history and cultural context of wedding traditions. In this case, the brilliantly simple interaction whimsically enhances the tradition of “the wedding night” by providing an evocative experience of carefully unfurling it for the “big reveal” that becomes a form of seduction and foreplay on this important night. It’s a great example of striking the right balance among the context of the garment and its cultural traditions, the implied interaction, and the narrative the experience reveals…er… tells.

Image from metropolismag.com
An interesting interview at fashionprojects.org
More on Catherine Chow

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