In addition to garments that highlight the structural complexity allowed for with new technologies, the exhibit also features a number of interactive pieces. Canadian-born designer Ying Gao’s “Incertitudes” is a set of sound-reactive outfits embellished with sewing pins and electronic components. Both dresses are activated by a speaker’s voice, which brings motion to the pins, giving the dress a sense of presence.
The MFA Boston also commissioned a special version of the wearable couture company CuteCircuit’s Twitter dress. The dress, which was originally created for the mobile network operator EE to mark the launch of the company’s 4G network, was iterated on specifically for the museum. The CuteCircuit MFA Dress is a flapper-inspired evening gown made CuteCircuit’s signature magic fabric and Swarovski crystals on rose gold and silver-plated chains.
“Our magic fabric includes 11,000 micro-LEDs which bring the dress to life with animations and tweets” says Francesca Rosella, Creative Director of CuteCircuit. The dress’s display is accompanied by an iPad, which invites museum attendees to step up and chose from a library of custom-made animations of masterpieces from the museum’s collection. “We wanted to help create a dialogue between art through the centuries and what can happen in the future” says Rosella.
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