Hussein Chalayan

Mechanical Dress

school of art and design CSM -1993

He uses film, installations and sculpture forms to explore perceptions and the realities of modern life, with particular interest in cultural identity, migration, anthropology, technology, nature and genetics.

Mechanical Dress – An association with Swarovski has led to a collection that transcends a 111 year history of fashion and reveals a modern and unique vision each of the five beautifully hand constructed, mechanical dresses, represents a particular period in fashion history, incorporating contemporary vision and complex engineering. 1895 is the starting point for the collection, consisting of a full-length skirt with a tightly pulled in waist on a grown with a high, frilled neckline. this transforms into a looser fitting dress with a hemline that rises to the calf reflecting the style of 1910. In turn, this seamlessly morphs into a 1920s flapper dress comprised of a loose layered knee length skirt with a plunging neckline. the metamorphosis continues right upto the present day.  (Seymour, 28-31)

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 figure 1, p 25
Resources:
text: Seymour, Sabine. FASHION TECHNOLOGY: The Intersection of Design Fashion Science and Technology. 2008th ed. New York: Springer Wein, 2009. Print.
img: Aldersey-Williams, Hugh et al. Design and the Elastic Mind. Ed. Paola Antonelli. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2008. Print.

Moloudi Hadji

Pierce’n Brush

ecal (2008)

Exploring tongue piercing as a opportunity for dental care. This project captures my attention, as I am trying to understand the opportunities cross sensory and sensory overlaps. It is not the usefulness but what amazes me is the simplicity of the provocative statement on modern lifestyle and fashion archetypes.

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figure 1, p 26
Resources
img: Aldersey-Williams, Hugh et al. Design and the Elastic Mind. Ed. Paola Antonelli. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2008. Print.

Keijiro Yamamoto

Power Assist Suit 
2005 

Dep. of Robotics and Mechatronics, Faculty of Engineering, Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Japan

The Power Assists Suit, a battery-powered exoskeleton suit… Sensors are attached to the arms and legs of the wearer to measure the tautness of muscles and detect how hard they are working. The data is sent to the computer built into the suit to calculate how much “assistance” is to be given. Finally, actuators located at the elbow, knees, and waist of the suit are activated by inflating airbag-like mechanism to help the caregiver carry upto approximately twice the weight he or she can usually bear. The puneumatic system that powers the actuator. makes the operation of the suit feel smooth for both the caregiver and the patient. (Aldersey, Hugh, Ed. Paola, 72)

Power Assist Suit

fig 1: Power Assist Suit, Pg 72
Resources
text: Aldersey-Williams, Hugh et al. Design and the Elastic Mind. Ed. Paola Antonelli. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2008. Print.
img: Aldersey-Williams, Hugh et al. Design and the Elastic Mind. Ed. Paola Antonelli. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2008. Print.