Fashion

This 3D-Printed Cape Moves When Someone Looks At You

Fashion

This 3D-Printed Cape Moves When Someone Looks At You

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The possibilities of 3D printing are infinite, especially within the realm of fashion; designers are no longer bound to the limitations of human ability, which Architect and Interaction Designer Behnaz Farahi is spearheading on her latest innovation, “Caress of the Gaze.”

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Created to make the wearer more aware of their surrounding environment, Farahi’s functional poncho responds to an onlooker’s stare. She’s arranged 3D printed monochromatic quills in a swirling pattern, beautifully evocative of the feathers on a wild bird’s wings. While it’s highly technical, offering a glimpse into the future of fashion, the cape still looks wonderfully organic, like it was plucked directly from nature.

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Embedded beneath the quills is a small, highly advanced camera that detects the viewer and watches them back; it’s able to calculate age and gender, which ultimately determines how the garment reacts. Once activated, Farahi’s poncho begins to slowly flex, like an animal would to warn off a predator or lure in a prospective mate. Watch it in action, below.