Although Space Age fashion may not be wholly foreign to the runway, the vast majority of today’s futuristic looks tend to alienate even the most fashion-forward and price-blind of women. Unless you’re Gaga or straight up blind-blind, there’s not much out there for those in need of a 21st century LBD (that’s “Little Black Dress” for the dudes and dads out there). Well, there wasn’t until Mary Huang and her computational couture came on the scene.
A “design technologist,” Huang’s Continuum Kickstarter project offers a futuristic fashion collection that combines the conceptual with the pleasantly practical, reinventing high-end custom design for the digital age.
Huang’s project includes an interactive website and software that allow for the creation of user-generated fashion, “democratizing couture” as Huang explains it.
Through Continuum’s technologies, Huang has designed a dress that is in itself software (pun actually not intended), which customers can use to draw their own 3-D styles.
Those styles are then translated into cutting patterns, which can either be sent to a laser cutter and sewn together as a finished product, or, for the more DIY fashionistas out there, the pattern can be downloaded with instructions on exactly how to sew it yourself. (The Continuum project offers your own design patterns for a $25 reward.)
A software-generated, custom couture gown that people actually want to wear in their non-digital lives? Now that’s the kind of 2.0 fashion a gal can get behind.
You can support Huang and learn more about her Continuum project here.