DEFOLIATION DRESS

"Defoliation dress" is an experimental interactive wearable which investigates the nature’s system dynamics to develop new techniques for soft garments. This garment explores new methods using artificial actuators to activate and stimulate nature’s responsive reactions. The concept of “Defoliation” is not only about simulating the behaviors of nature, but also tool of evoking natural movement upon a garment.

"Defoliation dress" is one of the thesis prototypes for MFA Design and Technology Parsons the Newschool for Design. The dress is inspired by how deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall. This garment performs that dynamic process by losing leaves one by one as they detach from the underlying fabric. Hidden wires and wax in the garment are used to mimic the way that cells in leaf stems detach leaves from the tree.

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