2.09.2006

tech + fash = techion?

so i've been looking through project runway's diana eng's blog , and goodness gracious, she's a nerd. firstborn daughter of an architect and civil engineer (i'm surprised they didn't make her become an urban planner or real estate developer), she studied spirolaterals under the guidance of her computer science/math teacher of a grandmother when she was 12 (i wish i had that kind of intellectual guidance when i was 12! instead i was still watching 'saved by the bell' reruns and crushing on screech). she was recently part of seamless v.2, MIT's version of a fashion+technology concept show (link to video stream of the show). her contribution was one of the more wearable pieces (epiSkin jewelry, Arabiia, Innerlight), though the concept of using mathematical series to dictate fabric construction would be lost on the laymen fashionista.

The technique would take me too long too explain, so I opt to describe the math patterns. The scarf uses a mixture of different odd number patterns spliced together. More interesting is the fringe of the knit jacket. I used the Fibonacci number pattern which naturally produces a ruffle. While other number patterns that increase will create a ruffle (sooner or later depending on how the pattern increases), Fibonacci creates a more pleasing one in correct porportions.

i can't say the same for the other designs - most seemed more like a showcase of the designers' eccentricities: bridezilla, elephant arms, hug scarves (this is pretty cute, actually), what-to-wear-when-there's-a-tornado-next-door, audio trojan helmet (bizarre! i'm too unsophisticated to appreciate this), a dress that gathers trash (roombas purchased separately), and this:

it's called 'exhausted', but it just looks like two women attached with an umbilical cord. when they press the vest together and pull apart (which creates an interesting visual, btw), the accordian in the cord makes a sound.

i suppose i should be glad that people are thinking these ideas up, but i'd like to see more practical applications of these concepts.

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