Technology-Infused Fashion Points to Changing the Way We Dress and Live
Born without her lower left arm, Model Kelly Knocks chooses not to use prosthetics as an aid, but as a necessary for self-expression.
This acrylic prosthetic was custom designed for her by artist Sophie de Oliviera Barrada as a piece of jewelry.
She works with colleagues and scientists and prosthetists on ways for people to express themselves artistically through their kinetic jewelry.
The prosthetic is just one example of high fashion garments and accessories forged by modern technology.
On display at a fine arts museum in Roanoke, Virginia, they offer some insight into how technology might transform fashion in the future.
A brass face mask created by artist Iwa Noak, for example, was designed to fool facial recognition technology.
It allows human to human recognition very easily, but foils the AI programs.
Some artists used the latest in 3D printing, making a physical object from a digital model, to create clothing, shoes and accessories.
And while fashion has long been influenced by Mother Nature, these artists have taken it to a new level,
body suits grown from mycelium and dresses made from algae, sequins made from tree cellulose instead of petroleum-based plastic, and a bolero from recycled badminton shuttlecocks.
I hope that people will, I think more carefully about the way fashion is produced, how we can work with 3D printing or biomaterials to be more responsible.
It's a concept the artist hope people will take to heart.