The Inspiration: According to Farahi, inspiration struck when looking at the behavior and properties of skin. “Our skin is constantly in motion. It expands, contracts and changes its shape based on various internal and external stimuli, including not only temperature and moisture, but also feelings,” she explains. Her idea was to create an artificial skin with enhanced functionality that could become an extension of one’s actual skin while interacting with the body and the environment around it.
Modeled after the morphology on fish and snake scales, Farahi adds, “Gaze is one of those elements in our social life which can express and communicate meanings and intentions, as well as a person’s current object of interest.”
How it’s changing the industry: “The main promise is to speculate on the future of fashion,” the designer says. For Farahi, the future of fashion depends on interactive clothing that could eventually act as a type of communication. “Even though this approach is still speculative, it opens up the possibility of a radical new approach to interactive clothing and I think that is why this project might be exciting for the viewers too,” she explains.