I’ve always been absolutely fascinated with the way Science and Technology work, and incorporating them into fashion is incredibly genius to me, and definitely something I would love to keep studying and hopefully someday even get a hands on myself! One amazing designer I have recently come across is Amy Winters. Loving anything futuristic (like in my previous post on Retro-Futurism) and science/tech related (especially, again, when fused with fashion), her collection had my jaw dropped and my inspiration shot to levels it hasn’t in a very long time.
Amy is a new media artist and fashion designer whose work lies at the intersection of fashion, visual arts, music, film, dance and theater. The British/Swiss artist graduated from Central Saint Martin’s in 2006 with a BA in Theater Design. Previously, Winters has worked in the smart textiles industry on projects collaborating with scientists to create new fabrics for the fashion industry.
Her background in theater gave her a strong spirit of observation and understanding of human behavior and its environment. The central theme in her work explores interaction – reaction, response and process. A personal obsession with theme parks, imaginary worlds and multi-sensory experiences and bringing means together such as art and science are the driving force behind her work (something I definitely embody myself).
Based on Hydrochromic and Photochromic technology and inspired by the vibrant colors of the rain-forest, light rain, cloud bursts and bright tropical thunderstorms, her collections include magnificent wearable printed garments such as ones which change color in reaction to sunlight and water, dresses reactive to sound, and illuminated clothing.
The first is the ‘rain-forest’ showpiece which changes color on reaction to sunlight and water, morphing from a black and white world into living color.
The second is the ‘thunderstorm’ dress, which is sound-reactive and transforms the wearer into a living thunderstorm. Made with bespoke holographic leather and sound-reactive, animated electroluminescent panels, as the volume rises, the dress illuminates to create ‘visual music’.
You MUST take a look at this video that showcases the lightning dress in action!