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Concept Clothing Responds To Social Situations

Goldsmiths graduate Lilian Hipolyte Mushi designed sculptural pieces that react when people get too close.

Leah Gonzalez
Leah Gonzalez on July 3, 2013. @leahgonz

Goldsmiths, University of London graduate Lilian Hipolyte Mushi has designed concept clothing specifically for introverts to help them in a highly extroverted world.

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.

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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.

Lilian Hipolyte Mushi

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