RAW FINERY STUDIO, ELECTRIC RUNWAY, IZZIE COLPITTS-CAMPBELL
RAW FINERY STUDIO, ELECTRIC RUNWAY, IZZIE COLPITTS-CAMPBELL: MÖBIUS
While fashion has long been a form of expression, emerging technologies are enabling new ways for our clothing to communicate. Möbius, a collaboration between Electric Runway, Raw Finery Studio, and Izzie Colpitts-Campbell, aims to explore the relationship between wearers and their environments.
Borrowing from future concepts designer Kristin Neidlinger’s definition of “extimacy”—externalized intimacy—Möbius invites audiences to literally wear their hearts—and minds—on their sleeves by translating internal brain signals into colour. This interactive installation, which will debut at Fashion Art Toronto, invites attendees to slip on a brain-sensing headband for the chance to control light patterns on a garment.
Möbius asks us to consider the relationship between mood and style and how clothing acts as an interface between ourselves and the world around us. The metaphor of the Möbius strip provides us a way for thinking about the inflection of mind and body and the inextricable relationship between inside and outside. The project takes what’s inside the wearer’s mind and projects it into data for everyone to see just as the wearer’s internalize data from their external environments.
The future fashion experiment leverages hardware from Muse, a commercially available brain-sensing headband. Sensors in the headband read the wearer’s electrical brain activity, which are then translated into data used to illuminate various light pathways. The dress is made of a combination of mixed media, including powermesh and stretch poly cotton, as well as fiberoptic and LEDs. It was created using a fusion of traditional craftsmanship (drawing, cutting, sewing) with technical know-how (coding, programming, soldering).
Möbius was brought to life in Izzie Colpitts-Campbell’s home studio, as well as Raw Finery Studio, Toronto’s Fashion Tech Lab and Innovation Hub.
Raw Finery Studio