Fashion as an extension of the mind and body
Jasna Rokegem, José Andrés Cordova Alvear, René Bohne, Rudolf Arnold, Bernardo Noisy Pig Santarelli, Carmem Saito, Marc Baumheier
(E)motional Fashion is about fashion as a tool to think new ways for nonverbal communication so it will serve as an interface controlled by our mind and body expressions. Will it be possible to control or project ourselves into another entity in the future? From this perspective, we created a wearable piece that enables two subjects to share and expand emotions. One subject acts as the controller and is connected to sensors while the other wears the garment to become the avatar which becomes an extension of the body and the mind. This project blurs the barriers between the physical and digital fashion and the notion of the individual as it visualizes emotions in an abstract way.
This piece is the final garment from the Fashion on Brain Waves collection by fashion designer Jasna Rokegem. It is the result of a one year long investigation on the our ever-more digitalized lives, plastic surgery and the research of psychologist Paul Ekman, who’s known for having identified six core emotions (joy, surprise, sadness, anger, disgust and fear). It was developed during Fashion Hack Day Berlin 2016 in collaboration with José Andrés Cordova Alvear, René Bohne, Rudolf Arnold, Bernardo Noisy Pig Santarelli, Carmem Saito and Marc Baumheier and in cooperation with the Centre for Microsystems Technology in Ghent.