Science Fiction Threads
ON NOW Sure, we’re all waiting for the jacket with built-in Wi-Fi, or the trousers that can charge smartphone batteries, but so-called wearable technology can be more than merely utilitarian. Ying Gao demonstrates as much at her Textile Museum of Canada (page 43) exhibition, Fashioning the Intangible. Combining fashion with ideas about architecture, urban environments and multimedia art, the university professor and designer creates garments that incorporate novel materials and sensory systems to playfully highlight the effects of external stimuli on individuals. Featuring such artfully crafted items as diaphanous Science is Fiction garments (pictured) and
(No)where (Now)here dresses that move when gazed upon, the show lends materiality to the immaterial elements of our environment.