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Need More Personal Space? Urban Armour Has You Covered

Monday 06.09.2014 , Posted by
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This dress designed by artist Kathleen McDermott very kindly tells others to “back off.” Fashioned from umbrella parts and electronic sensors, the Hong Kong artist’s Personal Space dress automatically spreads in diameter when it detects an individual has come too close for comfort. [Read more...]

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The World’s Oldest Pants: 3000+ Years Old and They Haven’t Changed Much… at Least For Hippies

Wednesday 06.04.2014 , Posted by
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Long before gowns, robes, tunics, and togas were the common dress in the Roman Empire, nomadic herders in western China were pulling on pants. This pair of trousers excavated from a Yanghai graveyard in China’s Tarim Basin are between 3,300 and 3,000 years old, making them the oldest example of this form of apparel known to exist… and they look a lot like hippie pants. [Read more...]

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These Clothing Sculptures Let You Take the City With You

Monday 05.19.2014 , Posted by
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There’s packing for a trip, and then there’s this. Popping out of soft shell luggage we see towering city blocks, skyscrapers and bridges in a rainbow of colors. It’s as if someone packed up the city and brought it along. The works are part of Chinese artist Yin Xiuzhen’s series Portable City, and fittingly, each piece is made from second-hand clothing. [Read more...]

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Stop Waiting in Line, Have an Avatar Do It For You

Thursday 03.27.2014 , Posted by
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Uniqlo, has big news in NYC. To get ready for the opening of their #SPRZNY store on March 28th, they’re asking you to wait in line… but don’t worry, you don’t have to do it yourself. The Lucky Uniqlo Line is a virtual line where you pick a wardrobe for an avatar and put them in your place in line to win a load of prizes, and join in celebrating the store opening. Now why can’t waiting in line for real be that good? [Read more...]

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Wood You Wear It? Geometric Clothing Made with Faceted Wood

Tuesday 03.18.2014 , Posted by
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Many of the fabrics we wear are made of large materials… from examples as different as fluffy cotton and long sticks of bamboo… preferably broken into very tiny pieces. But what about wearing your fiber in larger chunks? That’s a bit like what’s happening with this fashionable design collaboration employing faceted pieces of wood to form stylish men’s clothing. [Read more...]

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Drum Pants: the Drum Kit That You Wear

Friday 12.13.2013 , Posted by
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If you think about it, most of us have been playing drums our whole lives. Yeah, we might not have drum kits, but our legs and bodies work pretty well. Just a good song can get us slapping our thighs and feeling the beat. That’s why the new product DrumPants is so incredibly perfect: it’s a wearable sensor kit that attaches to your clothing, letting you play music or even control smartphone apps with the ease of drumming your body like you always do. [Read more...]

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Soft Warm Clothes Carved from Cold Hard Stone

Thursday 10.03.2013 , Posted by

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Marble as a medium has been used since ancient days, reaching perhaps its height of perfection during the Roman era – with finely carved busts of gods and man. The material has an almost magic quality, able to reproduce the forms of other materials in convincing detail, texture and form – but it’s never been used for sculptures like these before. Alex Seton, a Sydney-based artist, has been reproducing everyday goods, from t-shirts and sweatshirts, to full track suits. [Read more...]

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Wearable Art: Unique Sublimation Printed T-Shirts

Monday 04.08.2013 , Posted by

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Want to support artists, create jobs in America, and look ridiculously cool? Then you should consider pre-ordering a vibrant t-shirt by RaveNectar so that this visionary company can get its feet on the ground. Not only will you have a shirt that will surely get you noticed and have people asking where you found that amazing wearable art, but you will also be supporting the independent artist who created the design of your choice. The t-shirts are created on a sublimation printer, which is very new and much pricier than silk screening, so RaveNectar needs your help to open their own print shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (far, far from China). [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #362> Wacky Creations: Furniture & More

Tuesday 01.22.2013 , Posted by

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Model Citizen: The Worth Of A Rabid Clothing Fan

Friday 10.07.2011 , Posted by

“Fashion forward-able” is how San Francisco based clothing company BetaBrand describes its philosophy. The marketing of its popular clothing is just as playful and unique as the designs themselves, relying on their growing proof that people will share what is social and entertaining. One of their most unique ideas, Model Citizen, sees customers sharing the best photos of themselves wearing the companies clothes [Read more...]

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