A wearable can do more than just catch your eye—it can start an important conversation

Wearables continue to make their way into conversations about innovative fashion. Just recently, they made appearances at both New York Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week. But beyond their aesthetic appeal, wearables can serve as a way to discuss important issues. Curator, artist and creative technologist Melissa Coleman wanted to find “the most minimal way to represent data” related to women's rights.

Using data from a UNICEF report, Coleman found that the number of “girls dying in childbirth every year due to preventable circumstances” meant one woman was dying every 7.5 minutes. The result: Political Lace, a fashion piece that lights up every 7.5 minutes to symbolize another death.

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