Ying Gao is a fashion designer and professor at UQAM, he challenges the notion of clothing as we know it, combining urban design, architecture and multimedia. His work is based on the transformation of social and urban environment to explore the construction of garments. For Ying Gao, design is the media, but in the textile technology that means senses; sensory technology that gives the garment a value fun and participatory.
My favourite examples of his work are these dresses. These dresses are made with tiny motors embedded in their glow-in-the-dark fabric, which responds to the human eye and gives the dresses a strange sea-like quality. They illuminate when gaze activated: the more you stare at them, the more they move.
Ying Gao describes them as being:
”Like a photograph, we question the concept of presence and disappearance. We experience light and dark yet to live.”
Would you wear one of these? What do you think of them?