Collaboration between Intel and Parsons School for Design
This project was done in collaboration with students from Parsons School of Design's Fashion Design BFA and Design + Technology MFA programs: Casey Barber (BFA FD '17), Olivia Burca (BFA FD '16), Kailu Guan (BFA FD '16), Wynn Mustin (MFA D+T '16), Jane McDonough (MFA D+T '16),Charles Saidel (MFA D+T '16), and Kristin Slater (MFA D+T '16).
TE IPSUM explores how the clothes we wear can help us find our fit – how something as simple as a jacket can connect us to the bigger picture, to a larger social whole, to the universe, and to ourselves.
We establish these connections not only through our personalized jackets, but through the personalized data these jackets can collect and visualize. Through our system of data “fitting” and personalization, we aim to make user-centric data more meaningful, more personally poetic. We want the wearers of our jackets to understand not only their own selves, but also the world around them in richer, more vibrant ways.
In short, we want our users to feel like more than bodies to be quantified.
The collection features four jackets – The Intellectual, The Protector, The Creator, and The Visionary. Each custom jacket comes embedded with the Intel Curie module and e-ink screens in order to collect, interpret, and publicly showcase user-specific data inspired by the unique ideals and interests of these four personality types.
Click here for our project website where you can take the test to find your fit and read more about the ideation of each jacket and its data set.
about the collaboration
This collaboration, funded by Intel Corporation explored a future where technology works in service to the aesthetics, function, and values of fashion. A team of interdisciplinary designers explored how to create an integrative approach to fashion and technology, one that demonstrated the capacity of these technologies to invigorate the practice of fashion and accessory design. The goal was to create clothing and accessories that were compelling objects of art and fashion and to create a template for an integrated and user centered design approach to designing with technology. Final outcomes for the project were presented at an industry oriented showcase at the end of the semester at South Street Seaport in the "Impact!" exhibition as part of the 2016 Parsons Festival. This exhibition was in collaboration with the Seaport District, the Howard Hughes Corporation, the Downtown Alliance, and NYCxDesign.