Goldsmiths graduate Lilian Hipolyte Mushi designed sculptural pieces that react when people get too close.
The project, which the designer has titled An Introvert’s Transformation to Extroversion, consists of specific components that ‘react’ when someone gets too close to the wearer.
The piece of clothing includes wooden arms that fan out at the back when built-in distance sensors detect someone within 80 centimeters of the wearer. A pleated hood covered in thermochromic pigments changes colors in response to body heat if the wearer feels embarrassed or shy. There is also a garment with pleated sleeves that becomes stiff when heated, again as a response to the wearer’s body temperature.
According to Lilian, the concept clothing ‘explores how introverts use isolation as a mechanism for social recharge as well as a way to navigate social situations.’
View more images of the project below.