The works of fashion designer Ying Gao are situated in the technological rather than in the textile realm. With the project (NO)WHERE (NOW)HERE she has created two interactive dresses.

The dresses, made out of super organza, photoluminescent thread, the plastic material PVDF, and electronic devices, are activated by the spectator’s gaze. The photoluminescent thread and the imbedded eye tracking technology causes the lightweight super organza to slowly move when someone stares at it. When the light goes out, the dresses become illuminated. The project, called (NO)WHERE (NOW)HERE is inspired by Paul Virilo’s essay The Aesthetic of Disappearance from 1979.

– A photograph is said to be “spoiled” by blinking eyes, says Ying Gao. Here however, the concept of presence and of disappearance are questioned, as the experience of chiaroscuro – clarity and obscurity – is achieved through an unfixed gaze.

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In her work, the Montreal-based designer and professor 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. Recognized worldwide, her designs are frequently shown in museums and galleries. She expresses herself through design, but it is design situated in the technological rather than in the textile realm. Sensory technologies allow garments to become more playful and interactive, which her project (NO)WHERE (NOW)HERE is a perfect example of.

See the dresses below and read more about Ying Gao here.

Photos by Dominique Lafond.