ying gao creates new robotic clothes simulating virtual clothes

‘2 5 2 6’ by ying gao explores the phygital realm of fashion

Based in Montreal fashion designer Ying Gao returns with new robotic clothes, this time looking to the world of NFTs and the metaverse for inspiration. Seemingly pulsating and writhing like floral beings, her latest outfits combine glass, precious metals and silicone into a polymorphic material that simulates the effects of virtual clothes. As for the title of the project, “2 5 2 6”, Gao notes:[it] refers to the number of hours invested in the creation of the two polymorph garments, from ideation to finishing, from the first line of drawing to the last stitch.

all images courtesy of Ying Gao

how the polymorphic textile comes to life

While the twisting and undulating movements were simulated to perfection by a robotics specialist Simon Laroche, the two outfits in the ‘2 5 2 6’ collection were physically made by Ying Gao. ‘Ooven, hand-screened and consolidated materials have been specially designed to create these garments,’ explains the fashion designer. The short film above illustrates this physical-digital fusion, framing two models sporting the garments as they slowly come to life. Additionally, as the film progresses, close-up shots of the polymorphic material reveal texture appearing as delicate as flower petals and engaging in a choreography of volume, transparency, and reflectivity.

ying gao's new pulsating robotic clothes simulate the effects of virtual clothes

the polymorphic material is made of glass, precious metals and silicone

Concluding his thoughts on ‘2 5 2 6’, Ying Gao writes:If the role of the fashion designer is to give form and function to materials intended to dress the body, one can wonder about the question of immaterial clothing and the virtual body, devoid of substance, and their level of reality. , when digital technology has become truly “second nature”. As our escapades into the metaverse become more frequent and less surprising, digital fashion inevitably unfolds into endless possibilities and uncertainties..’

ying gao's new pulsating robotic clothes simulate the effects of virtual clothes

evoking the anatomy of floral beings

ying gao's new pulsating robotic clothes simulate the effects of virtual clothes

‘2 5 2 6’ looks to the world of NFTs and the metaverse for inspiration

ying gao's new pulsating robotic clothes simulate the effects of virtual clothes

a texture as delicate as flower petalsying gao's new pulsating robotic clothes simulate the effects of virtual clothes

woven, screen printed by hand and consolidated’ fabric design

project info:

Last name: 2 5 2 6 robotic clothes

fashion drawing: Yinggao | @livingpod

robotic genius: Simon Laroche

creative studio team: Espé Duenas, Marianne Frève, Ruochu Xie, Pascale Tétrault, Tommy Lecomte,
Sarah Hontoy-Major, Roxanne Ouellet-Bernier

Blown glass: Jean-Simon Trottier

textile printing: Laurence Perreault

direction of the film: Vincent Rene-Lortie

models: Charlotte Bolduc, Amer Eman / FACES