A is for Air
A is for Air
Over the forthcoming weeks XXY will be delving into innovation in art, fashion and culture in recent years; beginning with A is for Air.
Adorning the body is something that inevitably involves an element of flexibility. The way the body moves affects the creases in the fabric, the folds, the shadows and highlights. Clothes are not static but are to be considered in the way they will interact with the body, not the hanger. But moving forward; moving into realms of what the garment can do to change in itself, rather than being controlled by the wearer, is something that is driving fashion to merge with science, engineering and even our environment. Back in February of this year The Unseen showcased Air; a collection that changes colour in response to the environmental factors; highlighting not just the garment but the space in which it inhabits. The Unseen is an exploration house, headed up by RCA graduate Lauren Bowker, which drives to draw attention to factors perhaps not previously considered. The pieces in the Air collection feature layers of leather and wind reactive ink which allow the garments to change colour in response to a range of factors from friction and pollution to moisture and heat- meaning to set the piece on fire would be to enhance its chameleon like nature. Looking to the future towards what such technology could do for fashion is infinite: clothes indicative of sound uniting a crowd in a colour spectrum or even a person’s temperature- possibly affected by emotion- causing them to wear their heart of their sleeve, so to say. A is for Air, advancement, alchemy.
Text: Leanne Westbury