The Gouldian finch are small, brightly colored birds with green backs, yellow bellies, and purple breasts with a light blue uppertail and a cream undertail. Sometimes called lady gouldians, their facial color can vary, but black is the most common. Gouldian finch chicks are equipped with blue phosphorescent beads along their mouths, making it easy for the parents to feed them in the darkness of the nest cavity.
Jiapei Li presented a number of structurally impressive pieces utilizing an intricate weave of knots and braiding. Knots occur naturally within the proteins of living organisms, yet it is still unknown how these knots are formed during the process of protein folding. Going deeper, theoretical physicists utilize the mathematical description of braids of spacetime to construct unified theories of physics. In an interview, Jiapei Li describes her interest as primarily architectural design, and from the influencers in her collection, she may just mean the architectural design of universes.
Laura Wass, the creator of WXYZ Jewelry, photographed at Lexus Design Disrupted show by Gareth Pugh.
Her golden baseball cap and brassiere, constructed from a geodesic lattice of triangular bars, are perfect examples of the intersection of geometry and mathematics in fashion, a common motif in her work. Previous collections from WXYZ have drawn influence from the sequencing of DNA. We can only hope her next line features full-body scaffolding that doubles as a Faraday cage, making for an electrifying walk down the runway.
Zoey Jordan’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection radiates concepts derived from the fields of climatology and astronomy with her attention to albedo, or reflection coefficient. When rated on the scale used to measure reflectivity, nearly the entire Zoey Jordan collection would be a 1, for perfect reflection of a white surface. Accompanied with materials with Lambertian reflectance (after physicist Johann Heinrich Lambert who introduced the concept of perfect diffusion in 1760), the materials used in the collection literally shine with luminous intensity.
Traveling through interstellar space at over 11 miles per second, the Voyager Spacecraft (launched in 1977) currently carry aboard it a similarly reflective piece of art: a gold-plated copper phonograph record containing sounds and images meticulously selected to embody the diversity of life and culture on Earth. Powered by GE-designed command computers (for flight path, communication capability to NASA’s Mission Control) as well as the electricity generator (for instrumentation, computers, radio), these robotic emissaries literally and figuratively reflect the power of human ingenuity and exploration while merging intricate design and form.
Isa Arfen’s ready-to-wear Spring 2015 collection featured 60’s inspired looks, including a standout dress made from guipure circle lace with studded geometric lines. Although the 1960’s pre-dates the existence of this technology by about a decade, the solderless breadboard exhibits a distinct likeness to the dress in question. This board allows one to experiment and prototype electronic circuits without the use of metal soldering of wires between components. The conversion of Isa Arfen’s dress to a wearable breadboard would create the perfect hybrid of high fashion and technology.
In Felipe Oliveira Baptista’s nautical-inspired spring collection for Lacoste, traditional items like rain jackets were outfitted with transparent hood visors and waterproof fabrics. Waterproofs are made by coating natural or synthetic fibers with a polymer like PVC or rubber that can be tuned for breathability. At a molecular level, these materials have a characteristic non-polar surface to prevent water molecules from penetrating the layer. A more advanced version of this can be seen in the GIFs above showing the superhydrophobic surfaces GE researchers are developing. Perhaps soon these surfaces will make their debut on the runway.