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Brief Published: 22 Mar 2011

Living Clothes


Textile designer Alice Ziccheddu creates smart, responsive textiles inspired by the naturally occurring textures found in minerals.

Using 3D software to design the structure of the garments, Ziccheddu incorporates light sensors and nitinol wire (alloy that contracts when heated and returns to its original shape once cooled), which are controlled by a Lilypad Arduino microcontroller.

The result is sculptural fabrics that change form and silhouette in response to changing light conditions.