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Transformer Dresses

Hussein Chalayan's 2007 Collection

— October 10, 2006 — Fashion
At this week's Paris Fashion Show, Hussein Chalayan revealed six different Transformer Dresses. One of them converted from being a dress to being a naked woman with a hat, "The girl walked in and stood stock-still, dressed in a long, high-necked corseted Victorian gown. Then her clothes began to twitch, move, and reconfigure of their own accord. The mono-bosom top opened, the jacket retreated, the hemline started to rise, and—finally, amazingly—there she was, wearing a crystal-beaded flapper dress: a woman propelled through fashion history from 1895 to the twenties in the space of a minute. This was one of six incredible feats of technology and conceptual commentary at the heart of Hussein Chalayan's show. The others also moved through decades—one from the hourglass Dior New Look to the Paco Rabanne metal-link shift."
Trend Themes
1. Smart Clothing - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Explore the integration of technology and clothing to create transformative and shape-shifting garments.
2. Fashion Tech - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Combine fashion and technology to develop garments that can automatically change style, shape, and appearance.
3. Conceptual Fashion - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Embrace the concept of fashion as a medium for artistic expression and societal commentary through transformative clothing designs.
Industry Implications
1. Fashion - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Push the boundaries of traditional fashion design by incorporating innovative technology and concepts.
2. Technology - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Partner with fashion brands to integrate cutting-edge technology into garments and accessories.
3. Art and Design - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Collaborate with fashion designers to create clothing pieces that blur the lines between art, technology, and fashion.
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