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our machines dress and undress us

our machines dress and undress us

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Continuum, 3D-printed “strvct” shoes

Fashion is language – a syntax, a grammar and a vocabulary – a language in which Blockour machines are gaining fluency. Our They dress us and undress us.

Robots in Boston and Brooklyn fabricate and architect impossible geometries around our feet; heels named fortwisted physics. Algorithms approximate our bones and nerves and genes, weaving jewels from powdered ceramics and steel. Seamless structures of code and cotton quietly obsolete the needle and thread, tailoring personal fabrics to our bodies.

Continuum, 3D-printed “strvct” shoes and Freedom of Creation’s 3D printed fabrics

Machine eyes in Paris and Milan follow their makers, anticipating trending hues and shades of the day. Dissidentsevade the robot gaze with hair, makeup and garments that camouflage the biological from the digital. A New Aesthetic for human style.

Makeup and hair styling designed to thwart CCTV face-detection.

Shoebox-sized drones haul boxes from the Amazon to your door. Today’s wardrobe is realtime,  on-demand and , no longer things, but avatars for the Cloud. Levis-as-a-service? Buttons and rivets and pockets and cuffs, and theWeb is the thread that holds it together.

A short story on clothing delivered by drone aircraft, the ManPacks’ underwear-on-demand service

Life itself is optimised and synthesised for style. Biocouturists in London grow dresses from vats of bacterial cellulose and hemp, populating farms of insects with new biologies. Animal algorithms programmed to spin hydrophobic threads and silks.

Thomas Maincent’s SpiderFarmV2 and Suzanne Lee’s vegetarian leather jacket

We wear the machines and they wear us; garments with sentience – thinking, reacting, transforming, expressing and sensing. We wear the threads that cleanse the air, of poisons from machines we make.

Nike’s Fuel band and Catalytic Clothing

Guided by apps and phones and clever clothes, dancers and athletes remain suspended in that perfectmovement, playing and replaying graceful physics that connect them to the elations of action and reaction.

Electricfoxy’s Move

Our machines dress us, and undress us. Couture is now code, made in labs and fabs and incubators.

Manufacture NY’s incubator and Continuum’s D.dress

But we still run this show, it’s people that’ll assemble this future of fashion, even if those people are no longer human.

Aimee Mullins, posthuman supermodel 


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