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A collaborative development of an artistic responsive fashion collection

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This article focuses on the merging of technology, media art and fashion design in a specific project, Immediate Invisible (2013). Immediate Invisible was a collaborative fashion-collection project. The result consists of six modular outfits with built-in electronics for displaying physiological responses as audio output. The idea plays with a recurring theme in fashion: revealing and concealing, which is also linked with the increasing use of sensors in contemporary everyday life.

The process of making Immediate Invisible is described from the point of view of the artist and expert’scollaboration, by presenting e.g. selected materials, technology and sound, and how they affected one anotherwhen merged to create the outcome: ‘a hearing device for the body’. Exquisite Corpse by Friswell (2010), isused as a metaphor for the collaborative design method, where all disciplines had equal value in creating themodular and functional outcome. An examination of the tangible outcome is presented as the findings. Theneeds of different disciplines affected each other both as limitations and as artistic input. The project differsfrom other similar wearable projects with its modularity, and from conventional fashion due to the use ofresponsive sound as an inherent part of its aesthetics.
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Keywords: biofeedback; performative fashion; sensors; sonic interaction design; wearable technology

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Aalto ARTS 2: Media Lab Helsinki, Aalto ARTS

Publication date: June 1, 2015

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  • Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty is the first journal dedicated to the critical examination of the fashion and the beauty systems as symbolic spaces of production and reproduction, representation and communication of artifacts, meanings, social practices, and visual or textual renditions of cloth, clothing and appearance.

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