The SKIN probe project examines the future integration of sensitive materials in the area of emotional sensing – the shift from ‘intelligent’ to ‘sensitive’ products and technologies.

As part of SKIN, we have developed a ‘Soft Technology’ outfit to identify the future for high tech materials and Electronic Textile Development in the area’s of skin and emotional sensing.

The dress show emotive technology and how the body and the near environment can use pattern and color change to interact and predict the emotional state.

Far-future design concepts
SKIN: Dresses is a Probe, a far-future design concept. It is not intended as a production prototype nor will it be sold as a Philips product. Like past Probe design concepts that have stimulated discussion around a range of issues, this concept is testing a possible future – not prescribing one.

A marvellously intricate wearable prototype Bubbelle is a dress surrounded by a delicate ‘bubble’ illuminated by patterns that changed dependent on skin contact. 

Bubbelle was one of a series of dynamic garments developed by Philips Design as part of their on-going SKIN exploration research into the area known as emotional sensing. Nancy Tilbury was the Fashion Director of Probes, part of a pioneering interdisciplinary design team at Philips Design.







exploring light as a material for transformative fashions

What if we could make clothes out of immaterial things? With LEDs diffused through layers of fabric and knit, softness and warmth are paralleled in material and effect, imparting the sense that one can touch and hold light.
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There have been many garments made using LEDs by now, yet most all work with LEDs in clothing have focused on making “clothes with LEDs”, not “clothes with light”. This distinction is important, as it has totally different priorities. 

Dozens of bright white LEDs are embedded in each garment, using a custom developing wiring system for an invisible finish. 

All pieces use removable battery components. Custom made Lithium Poly battery packs provide up to 10 hours of continuous light. Standard AAA batteries can also be used.



Catherine Wales has a studio in New York and London. Project DNA is the three-dimensional accessories collection from London- based designer, Catherine Wales. Catherina combines high fashion, technology, and science, to change conventional methods of textile constructions and push the boundaries of digital fabrication in high fashion. Inspired by identity and the visual structure of human chromosomes.


white nylon, 3D printer, fabric, ball and socket components, acrylic mirror



3D printed components of ball and sockets to fit in each other and move any different way. She created a digital avatar for the person it is made for, using a 3D scanner so she can make it wearable for any body shape. She created the attire using a combination of engineering programs to model complicated joints and creative software to build the sculptural forms. She uses nylon because all 3D printed models should be flexible.


Can be ordered to fit any shape. Everybody could have their own body scanned and order clothes that fit perfectly. Catherine was inspired by identity and the visual structure of human chromosomes, this shows in the way she made the sculptures with components of ball and sockets, so they could move. The project embraces developing technology in such way that consumers could have their own clothing made. She combines technology, 3D printing, which is something grown from technology, with shapes that are grown naturally: the human body.



09/2013 MER KA BA Exhibition, The Jewish Museum (New York City)

A Ready-to-wear collection by the design collective threeASFOUR.

“It reveals the varied visual aspects of Nature and its inherent sacred geometries through a topographic approach. Within the collection, surface shapes, elevations and textures relate to each other as well as to the terrain of the human body.””The archetypal language of sacred geometry, which is inherent in nature’s design, is a key in understanding the universe from the microcosm (which is within), to the macrocosm (which includes everything that surrounds us)’. The New York based trio of fashion designers Gabriel Asfour, Adi Gil, and Angela Donhauser, have created a collection of 3D printed, laser cut silk and origami folded dresses that reflect their origins from Lebanon, Israel and Tajikistan, respectively. When put together, are symbolic of the energy fields that the body transitions through as it ascends to a higher plane.’


Lasercut, 3D printer, fabric, origami folding, mirrored structure and projections.


A collection of 3D printed, laser cut silk and origami folded dresses that reflect the origins of their homelands. The trio explored new mediums in mirrored structures and projections. The structures reflects on itself and forms a multi-dimensional pointed star, aka a hexagram. The installation represents material and spiritual worlds, symbolic for the energy of the human body.


The geometric patterns make us feel connected to the dimensions of all things created. The installation invites visitors into a moody and textural space, this space represents the geometrics in the sacred synagogues and mosques. The clothes are both wearable art and a platform for their free-spirited philosophy.

They combine something rather new, innovative, and techy with old spiritual believes and ancient cultures.