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April 16, 2014 AT 1:00 am

Loving the Digital Dresses #WearableWednesday


If your style is digital, you should visit apexart in NY for some artistic thrills. The current exhibit, Coding the Body, “interrogates the relationship between humans and code”. Filled with large images of robots and thought provoking wearables, it encourages you to experience texture and to examine process. One small display even captures the feet of passersby, reminding us that movement is not only precious, but something that can be captured and digitized. The exhibit was organized by Leah Buechley, of MIT’s High-Low Tech, who has been researching, playing, inventing and encouraging others in the field of crafting  electricity.

The garment above by Nervous System explores biological connection. From a distance it looks like lace or a beautiful seaweed, but on close examination, it is small interlocking 3D printed bits. Something that suffers in most 3D printed wearables is movement, however, the clever interlocks allow for creases and folds, much like you would find in fabric. Apparently this design is easily changeable in the program to create many looks, whether it be an angled hemline, strapless bodice or larger pattern detail.

Pattern Dress

This dress resembles a Pac-Man maze, and was created by Cait and Casey Reas. The print actually shows yes no expressions from a computer. Although this is a dress format, earlier prints were mounted on small squares and helped to illustrate the difference in these expressions depending on the computer. Definitely the perfect little black dress for the computer geek.


This felt dress uses interlocking shapes similar  to some foam toys that used to be popular in educational toy stores. This inventive design from Eunsuk Hur includes a wall hanging, which was perplexing at first. However, a visit to Eunsuk’s site shows the idea of “nomadic lifestyle”, with pieces that can be used interchangeably for clothing and environment. It actually seems quite practical, almost like the coats you find nowadays for campers that transform into sleeping bags. This is a wonderful example of laser cut style that is popping up in modern rugs, pillows and even holiday decorations.

There are other code curiosities in the exhibit, so it’s well worth visiting. You will find yourself looking at all wearables as expressions of the digital world. Then, you are going to want to make your own. Why not start out with some snazzy 3D printed glowing buttons. Check out our tutorial and bring some math into your fashion.

3d Buttons

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