IDII Final Project - Master Degree
Technology for building illusions
Wearable devices for playing new roles in everyday life
Traditionally masks, such as those worn at carnevale
in Italy, have allowed people to express other personas besides
the self they reveal daily. What if wearable objects could
be designed to evoke an experience for the wearer that is
a contemporary equivalent of the ritual of wearing masks?
Based on interviews and studies of women and their desires
for empowerment in various aspects of their lives, Reverie
Engines are prototypes for interactive fashion products
that allow women to fulfill such desires. These enchanted
wearables take the form of stylish shoes or gloves,
and call up the womans desire for more power and control
over situations in her life. By evoking fantasies of goddesses
and heroines, the wearable objects enable the woman to act
out a different personal narrative, and to generate opportunities
for new performances in everyday life.
My thesis is made out of 3
prototypes completed by 3 scenarios exploring the possible
narrarative generated by the wearables.