When it comes to fashion, the norm is always a bridge to be crossed. There had been many attempts in combining technology with clothing but so far, no designer has ever encompassed the level of ingenuity Ying Gao possesses.
For her recent creation, Ying has exhibited two emotion-sensitive dresses that react to physical moments and emotions. Working both as a fashion designer and university professor, Ying wanted to explore “false neutrality” through incorporating electronic devices on the dresses. So whenever a person comes in the room and gazes at the dress, it will breathe and react like a prey does to its hunter. It is installed with an eye-tracking system which also enables the dress to illuminate even in the dark. An invisible emotional connection made possible only with a creative mind.
This wasn’t the first living dress Ying made. She has already created a first set of interactive clothing years ago which she called (NO)WHERE (NOW)HERE. The ground-breaking work was inspired by Paul Virilio’s essay entitled “Esthétique de la disparition” (The Aesthetic of Disappearance).