Alchemy meets Textile: The Inception of Futuristic Clothing
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Multi-award winning alchemist Lauren Bowker who leads the visionary art house The Unseen presented her work at the Wearable Future Conference in Ravensbourne, London which concluded yesterday. The Unseen is a luxury design house and consultancy that integrates biological, chemical and electronic technology into fashion through materials.

The fundamental principle behind The unseen is to embrace the idea that technology is magic. Its vision is to create a world of flawlessly captivating science through exquisite couture, luxury products and opulent materials wrapped in beauty, magic and faith.

Bowker commenced her researched at the Royal College of Art, creating inks that respond to surrounding environmental conditions and vary consequently.

cvGarment impregnated with ink that reacts to climate by changing color

Garment impregnated with ink that reacts to climate by changing color

 

PdCl2 Dye that Reacts to Climate, Heat, Location by Changing Color

Lauren Bowker developed a pollution-absorbent ink known as PdCl2, which can change color from yellow to black in contaminated conditions and later revert back to yellow in fresh air. The Chromic Dye reacts in when exposed to carbon emissions or cigarette smoke transforming into a series of reversible color changes. Bowker believes the concept has the potential to address issues in health. It can also modify colors in particular places by mapping conditions at locations. Bowker claims that this can allow wearer to change clothing without ever undressing. The ink has the ability to go through the complete Red-Green-Blue scale.

The ink can be applied to almost any material. It can be screen-printed, painted, sprayed or dyed to fibers.

Color changing ink that transforms flame engulfed headdress by Lauren Bowker

Color changing ink that transforms flame engulfed headdress by Lauren Bowker

Lauren has exhibited worldwide from Paris Fashion Week to The Royal Academy of Engineering.

Lauren has exhibited worldwide from Paris Fashion Week to The Royal Academy of Engineering.

Some of Bowker’s inks are receptive to light, heat and friction. The award winning textile chemist recently applied one of her heat-sensitive ink to a sculptural leather garment and used fire to alter its color during a presentation for her company The Unseen.  Bowker created a huge black headdress by overlapping layers of hand-stitched leather that covers the wearer like a shell, from head extending down past the hips. Once the heat from the fire lapped the material, peacock-tail colors began to surface and scattered across the leather headdress. Once the flames died, green and purple tones remained on the material.

Bowker’s revolutionary dyes have been adopted by an array of industries in quest of use tailored to their business.  She hopes that the inks will someday be used in the medical industry benefiting sufferers, for example, by creating a T-shirt that lets the wearer know when he/she is going through an asthma attack. Bowker recently teamed up with Airbus on a concept, the result of which is both a futuristic and an impressive airplane. Lauren Bowker is currently working on Fabrics for Olympics 2016 and has been funded by famous R&B star Will.i.am who is interested in bringing technology back into fashion on other projects.

 

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