Abigail Doan

Pollution Sensitive EPA Dress by 2nd Skin

by , 05/14/08

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It is one thing to be concerned about a ‘bad hair day’, but imagine wearing smart fashion that alerts you to the threat of a stinky ‘bad air day’. Stephanie Sandstrom’s EPA Dress, currently on view in the San Francisco Exploratorium’s 2nd Skin Exhibition responds to bad air – and that’s not all, it cleverly creates the wrinkles to prove it! Looking crumpled and tired may no longer be an indicator of a late night out, but rather an intelligent way of interpreting your surroundings as well as detecting lurking health hazards. And if that’s not enough to get you totally charged up, consider the Piezing motion-powered dress that redefines future-forward fashion with femme-bot sex appeal.


2nd Skin Exhibit Exploratorium Exhibit San Francisco EPA Dress Stephanie Sandstrom EPA Dress Stephanie Sandstrom Amanda Parkes Piezing motion-powered dress air quality detection environmental awareness sustainable style

Designer Sandstrom has embedded her EPA dress with sensors that are able to intelligently read the surrounding atmosphere and in turn create telling kinks in the fabric’s surface. On days when the air quality is particularly poor, the EPA dress looks as if it has been pulled out of the laundry bin or from the back of one’s closet. It’s a scary prospect to think that our clothes might take on a texture of their own, but if this is a viable way for us to see our true selves or rather the state of our environment, well then, we are all for it!

2nd Skin: Imaginative Designs in Digital & Analog Clothing demonstrates the melding of science and technology with art and fashion as a means to examine both cutting-edge innovation as well as environmental awareness. Another striking piece from the exhibit’s opening night runway show was Amanda Parkes’ ‘Piezing’ dress, which generates power via the human body’s motion and piezoelectric material. Electricity is generated in response to applied mechanical stress around the joints of the elbows and hips of the garment. This motion-generated electricity is then stored as voltage in a centralized small battery and can be discharged for use as needed in the future.

Second Skin or second chance – all good examples of sustainable style being about smart dressing as well as environmental awareness while revealing critical new layers.

+ 2nd Skin: Imaginative Designs in Digital & Analog Clothing
+ San Francisco Exploratorium

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3 Comments

  1. diorchanel June 25, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Why is a dress always really a tunic? There are still some of us who don’t consider our legs as our only asset. Look around: the mini is well on its way to extinction. I know, anyone under 50 can’t remember when there weren’t minis, but then they also can’t remember when clothes were becoming and beautiful. Legs, legs, legs, legs, legs — enough already!

  2. prachi December 20, 2010 at 7:28 am

    i think in todays advanced era where so many things have bn developed… this is also one of the most innovative thing … n nethn and everythg done for protecting the nature will be appreciated in near future.

  3. 4abtrlife May 17, 2008 at 9:19 am

    Wow, it’ll be kinda cool girls wearing this stuff, because with the current levels of pollution, these clothes are going to wrinkle up completely on them. Trust me, guys are going to pollute the air even more!

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