I have huge problems leaving my house every day because cameras are just waiting for me. Okay, well maybe they are just security cameras posted around Philly, but it still makes me feel important. Anyway, for those stars with real paparazzi issues, these garments will make them fashionistas and make their photos a fail. The fashions are part of the Flashback collection according to Wired. Check out the photo damage.
Cameras don’t like high contrast, and that’s where this product shines. The clothing uses similar reflective material used in sneakers and safety clothing. Glass nanospheres are bonded to the fabric, so walking in this suit is like moving a giant flexible reflector. The designer, Chris Holmes, is a DJ, so he knows all about being in the light. Sometimes it’s nice keeping people in the dark.
The line is available through Betabrand, which crowdsources fashion. Once a product reaches funding, it can be purchased. The Illuminati Suit is up for grabs, along with some other flash-fright fashions, including the Silver Screen Scarf, Halo Hat and Photobomber Hoodie. I’m personally favoring the scarf because you can wear it so many ways. It could be quite handy for those “wading from the ocean in tankini moments”. Seriously, you never know who is posting your photo online these days.
These clothes are another reminder of how the issue of privacy is creeping into our lives. I remember sitting at a HOPE conference listening to a talk called “Privacy is Dead–Get over It”. There was a tightness in my stomach as I felt there was nothing to be done other than to inundate people with so much personal data that they wouldn’t have time to go through it. I don’t really have time to play that game, but a fashion that helps privacy makes me somewhat hopeful.
While you may not be ready to plunk down cash for some reflective clothing yet, you could do the DIY thing and make yourself a Textile Potentiometer Hoodie. This sweet jacket allows you to use a slide actuator to adjust the colors of the NeoPixels in the hood. Between the hood and the bright LEDs, you should have a bit of protection out there.
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