DRESS BY LINA WASSONG
Berlin-based engineer and designer Lina Wassong first became inspired to explore the aesthetic aspects of technology while living in San Francisco, the capital of tech. Through her designs Wassong seeks innovative ways of changing the analogue world into a digital environment. Apart from her work in the field of fashion design, she also publishes O’Reilly books and shares her passion for electronics by teaching workshops.
Lina Wassong’s Symbiosis dress is an homage to the beautiful natural phenomenon in which two species share the same habitat and benefit from each other. With the wearer and the integrated electronics symbolically connected, the piece is a combination of delicate design and advanced technology. Through the seamless interface, the wearer can shift the microcontroller from „listening“ into „observing“ mode and watch the dress change as it reacts to the surrounding environment.
The dress was designed using digital fabrication software. The organic front structure is 3D printed with Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), a technique that allows high-resolution prints of very complex shapes. Multiple environmental sensors and light sources are connected to the microcontroller to communicate with the wearer.