Innovative Fashion Materials, reaching through life and death

Fashion is all about creating and reviving desires. It influences you to want to look vintage, just like your mother or grandmother back in the 1960s, it changes the way you think about pastel colors (just look at Louis Vuitton’s new collection) and makes you want to become a better version of yourself – or simply explore other parts of your own personality. In other words, as science fiction author J.C. Ballard once said: “Fashion is the recognition that nature has endowed us with one skin too few, that a fully sentient being should wear its nervous system externally”.


While going through the list of speakers at the next TEDxVienna Salon Event, you can come across Anouk Wipprecht’s website, whose designs are a mélange between technological couture and sensory based intelligent clothing. She admits that “instead of the body having to give a purpose to a design, the design gives a purpose to the body” and works with materials such as microcontrollers and small electrical circuits, being fascinated by the fragility that electronics have to offer. But let’s watch this video in which she explains exactly how she works:

From designs that feel your heartbeat and “come to life” together with you, let’s move to a subject that, according to MIT “challenges the boundaries prescribed by society and 
culture between self and other by proposing unorthodox relationships for the 
mind/body/self“: death and decomposition.

Although you would not necessarily describe the “mushroom burial suit” as a fashion piece or statement, it is, nonetheless if they choose to be a part of the Infinity Burial Project, the last piece of clothing people will be wearing when they die. Check out this TED talk about the project:

Since fashion fuels itself on the evolution and the development of new materials, combining elements of both design and technology, it is not only an important aspect to our lives but also to the ones we live among, which makes it an idea worth spreading. So, what do you think about this way of looking at death and the relationships between our body and the world?


Header Image(s) from Pixabay & Gratisography

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