Fashion + Technology = Seamless

Fashion + Technology = Seamless

Fashionistas (no, not Fusionistas) collide with techies at SEAMLESS, a fashion show celebrating wearable technology at the Museum of Science on Wednesday, January 30 at 8pm.

Co-produced by the Museum of Science, Christine Liu (co-founder of SEAMLESS and lifestyle editor at Boston’s Weekly Dig), and Amanda Parkes (design researcher in the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab) SEAMLESS will feature models showing off unique and innovative clothing designs, with live performances by video artist sosolimited and guest DJs Eddie O. and Mike Uzzi of Zero G Sounds.

The event will be emceed by designer Steven Rosengard, from the three-time Emmy-nominated competition reality series “Project Runway" on Bravo. Guests are invited and encouraged to interact with the designers and their fashion creations.

Eneleon (above) designed by Joanna Berzowska and Di Mainstone
Party Dress designed by Dana and Karla Karwas
Party Dress (right)designed by Dana and Karla Karwas

While SEAMLESS is a showcase of functional creations of wearable technology by designers from around the world, local designers include:

Amanda Parkes (co-producer and PhD candidate at MIT Media Lab) studies the relationship of gesture, form, materiality, and computation in relation to hybrid physical-digital objects. She has developed exhibits for San Francisco’s Exploratorium and installations and programs for the Science Museum in London and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.

Her outfit, Piezing, generates its own power using only the natural movement of the human body. The fabric around the joints is woven with piezoelectric film fibers which convert mechanical strain (created by the fabric’s movement) into electrical voltage while the wearer moves around. This voltage can then be stored in coin batteries disguised as buttons. Pretty cool, eh?

Mariana Ibanez teaches architecture at Harvard, and Simon Kim is a post-grad Research Assistant at MIT working with architectural design and input/output sensor technologies. They have designed and built a dress that actually seems to change as it moves, the way a moire pattern screen saver changes.

Jae Rhim Lee teaches at MIT in the Visual Arts Program. Her work combines incredibly wide-ranging interests as psychology, thanatology, environmental sustainability, eastern religion, and disaster management.

For her project she has worked with fungus experts (mycologists) to develop a new hybrid mushroom which facilitates decomposition and plant growth, and counteracts industrial toxins and viruses. Weird, until you realize that her project, The Infinity Burial Suit, is not meant to be worn by the living. This piece of fitted clothing is embroidered with thread carrying a special mushroom fungus.

Kit Waal and Rehmi Post have also created an outfit that generates its own energy! Sp4rkl3 lights itself up with energy from its own movement! As the dress moves, it generates a totally self-sustained light show – look Ma, no batteries – and no electronics either!

Jodi Finch and Jay Silver’s jacket can actually play music – if you handle it right. If you hold hands with the person wearing the jacket, and, at the same time, you touch the contacts on the outside of the left sleeve with your other hand, the jacket will play music.

For more info about SEAMLESS: Computational Couture, and to buy tickets see the website
or www.mos.org/adults or call 617 723-2500.