In Brief

The Fall dress is an interactive garment that reacts to its environment and loses leaves like a tree in autumn

Designer Birce Ozkan’s Fall dress takes inspiration from nature and sheds “leaves” like a tree in autumn. The dress mimics the natural defoliation process and reacts to its environment through a hidden electronic system. The responsive dress is Ozkan’s senior thesis project for Parsons School of Design, and seeks to answer questions like: “What if garments had the ability to sense the environment just like living organisms?”

Ozkan created the fabric by spray painting a gradient that mirrors the hues of autumn leaves over a muslin fabric. She laser cut the fabric into pieces that suggest leaf shapes, then attached them to a cotton fabric base.

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