Kooky Kinetic Mechanical Skirt Changes Shape, Leaves Us Not In Awe

And now, to meet the deep and burning worldwide need for clothing that changes shape, a piece of clothing from industrial designer Jae Kim: the kinetic mechanical skirt.

At rest, it looks rather innocuous–a long gray skirt with an interesting shape that might look nice with a simple blouse and maybe some clogs. But according to Designboom, at the push of a hip-mounted button/control-pack thing, this garment changes shape, via the embedded wires that give the skirt that triangular quilted look. The whole thing, presumably, is powered by the kinetic energy generated by the natural movement of the skirt.


image via Designboom

On one hand, this doesn’t seem a terribly practical garment. (But hey, what do you expect from a garment created by an industrial designer?) On the other hand, the novelty factor here cannot be denied. Imagine the attention you’ll attract at your next party when your skirt starts to dance by itself!

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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