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.”
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.
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.