Exploring clothes that will shrink to fit \"at the push of a button\"

Exploring clothes that will shrink to fit "at the push of a button"

The future of fashion within five years

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Despite a conservative fashion industry at present, rapid changes in technology will transform the clothes we wear, says Benjamin Males, of London-based fashion and technology company Studio XO, in a recent interview with Dezeen.


"We believe fashion is quite antiquated," he says. "While everything around us becomes intelligent, becomes more computational, our clothes are still very old-fashioned".

This will not be the case for long, says Males, who believes that advances in micro-robotics and transformable textiles will soon make their way into everyday clothing, helping create clothes that can change shape using small motors.

"We believe in the next decade we're going to see some pretty amazing things happen around transformable textiles and mechanical movement in our clothes: we are looking at introducing that in the next five years," he says.

He points to the ubiquitous use of smartphones as evidence that people are becoming increasingly comfotable with having sophisticated technology on or very close to their bodies.

Moving up and down a clothes size may soon be possible without having to buy new clothes, predicts Males... "We [will soon be able to] change the fit of our clothes at the push of a button, or our clothes could form new architectures around us," he says.

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Anemone is a dress that blows large and small bubbles

Males is one of the founding partners of Studio XO, whose work includes dresses for Lady Gaga: Volantis, a flying dress powered by 12 electric motor-driven rotors, and the bubble-blowing dress Anemone, which is documented in the short film below.

Males describes Studio XO's Anemone as "a provocation and a commentary on the future of textiles," calling the mechanisms that create this effect "bubble factories". These are small, 3D-printed jaw mechanisms. When they open, a fan blows out large or small bubbles depending on the size of the mechanism's aperture.

Watch the film below, now: