Ying Gao: Interacting with Fashion

I came across Ying Gao’s work some time back when I was searching for futuristic fashion, and was so excited when I saw the video of how her clothes literally respond to light, sound and movement.

“Montreal-based fashion designer and professor at UQAM, recipient of the Phyllis-Lambert Design Montréal Grant, Ying Gao questions our assumptions about clothing by combining urban design, architecture and multimedia. She explores the construction of the garment, taking her inspiration from the transformations of the social and urban environment. She is the only fashion designer included by the British magazine Wallpaper in its Canadian Top 40. Recognized worldwide, her designs are frequently shown in museums and galleries. Design is the medium, situated in the technological rather than in the textile realm.”

The videos should speak for themselves:

Ying Gao Playtime Interactive fashion

Ying gao Walking City

Ying Gao Living Pod

Ying Gao The Show still goes on

Clothes that respond to light, sound and movement. So poetic, mysterious and delicate.

“Sensory technologies allow garments to become more playful and interactive. Ying Gao explores both the status of the individual, whose physical contours are transformed by external interferences, and the garment’s function as a fragile protective space. Her work testifies to the profound mutation of the world in which we live and carries with it a radical critical dimension that transcends technological experimentation.”

Maybe it is the need for amusement that keeps man seeking for something that they have never seen before, or for clothes that almost feel like they have a life of their own. I wonder what the future holds to feed this insatiable need.

Find out more about this talented lady here.

 

X Alex

(Images from Ying Gao)

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