Inspired by Jacques Tati’s film Playtime (1967), this series illustrates these garments’ ability to metamorphose when one tries to take their picture. Playtime 1 reacts to a camera flash by contracting and becoming blurred as the fabric, activated by light-sensitive sensors, begins to undulate. For ying gao, this blurriness is a space of freedom which defies the supremacy of the image, that capital element of the fashion milieu.
2 interactive dresses. Super organza and electronic devices. Inspired by director Jacques Tati’s film of the same title, Playtime lets the viewer reflect on appearances and the perception of objects in space.
designer : ying gao, robotics designer : simon laroche, design assistant : isabelle campeau, video : marcio lana lopez, models : folio montreal