In our latest it fits! Trend Forecast, we talk about the "Unseen", which discusses a new chapter on finding ways to embrace the magic of technology and create a world of captivating science through couture, luxury products and opulent materials, arising the sense of beauty, magic and faith into our daily lives.
In line with our forecast, Royal College of Art graduate Lauren Bowker, has created a flawless collection of garments that change color depending on different climatic conditions for the debut of her own company called “The unseen”.
The unseen is Lauren’s new luxury design house and consultancy that integrates biological, chemical and electronic technology into fashion through materials.
For her second and latest collection, Lauren developed a pollution-absorbent ink known as PdCl2, which can change color from yellow to black in contaminated conditions and later revert back to yellow in fresh air.
The Chromic Dye reacts in when exposed to carbon emissions or cigarette smoke transforming into a series of reversible color changes. Other inks are responsive to light, heat and friction, allowing you to “change clothes” without ever undressing!
Lauren believes the concept has the potential to address issues in health. It can also modify colors in particular places by mapping conditions at locations. She hopes that the inks will someday be used in the medical industry benefiting sufferers, for example, by creating a T-shirt that lets the wearer know when he/she is going through an asthma attack.
The Unseen collection debuted with an interactive performance during the last London fashion week.
In the performance, the headdress was lit with candles and, as the heat from the candles’ flames came into contact with the material, the ink began to change color. Lauren also layered other similar leather pieces with wind-reactive ink, causing the material to change color in response to the movement of air. See the video below.
Clearly, the main principle behind Lauren’s The unseen is to embrace the idea that technology is magic.
In her own words, Lauren says:
Her technology, which is known as thermochromatics, has caught the interest and collaboration of Airbus, Adidas, Kate Moss and famous R&B star Will.i.am who is interested in bringing technology back into fashion on other projects
So excited to see that our vision in a Future X, sooner or later, will be possible.