This post is part of a series on European style and fashion. Click here to read more about Becky and how this series began.
Boy, has it been a stressful week! I got a bad case of bed bugs and my travel companion, Hallie, broke her toe. This all happened while we were without hot water and internet for about 5 days. Needless to say, we were beat down. Luckily, we were leaving Prague for the weekend and escaping to Vienna, Austria.
Vienna has a very Western European feeling to it, even though it’s smack dab in the middle of Europe. It’s captivating. Lucky for me, Summer of Fashion, a very popular fashion event in Vienna, was being held from June 14th to September 16th . The Museumsquartier, where the majority of the city’s museums are located, was featuring tons of different fashion related exhibits, fashion shows, films, tours, and more. I checked out the amazing exhibit “Technosensual” at the Freiraum Quartier21.
The exhibit featured pieces that combined technology and fashion by designers predominantly from the Netherlands. It also raised the question of what will we wear when technology has fully taken over our lives. Will fashion be purely aesthetic? Or will it be physically aware of its surroundings and the person wearing it? It’s kind of a scary concept but if you really think about it, we shape technology just as much as it shapes us.
All of the garments were beautifully constructed but three stood out from the rest. The first was called the “Paparazzi Lover” dress. Located in a dark space, the dress lit up when a viewer takes a picture using a flash. This interactivity is what appealed to me most.
My second favorite piece was the “Pseudomorphs” dress. A self-dying dress, it had a neckpiece that would start to bleed ink as soon as someone interacted with the dress, meaning the pattern and color constantly changed. Neath, huh?
The “Bubelle” dress was one of the most impressive and conceptual. With biometric sensors in the dress that read heart rate, respiration, and galvanic skin responses, the dress could convey the emotional state of the person wearing it. The 18 miniature projectors in the dress would change the color and intensity depending on the intensity of the emotion. Can you imagine wearing that on a first date, getting nervous, and having your dress blush for you? Insane.
Although most of these dresses were better suited for Lady Gaga than myself, I still was fascinated by the thought and skill that went into making these garments.
Vienna surprised me in its elegant character and fashion savvy locals. I must say, I could live in Vienna in a heartbeat. Especially if the Summer of Fashion is a regular occurrence!