Wearable Tech’s Boat Dress: Swimwear To Impress
Instead of thinking outside of the box, get rid of the box. ~ Deepak Chopra
Australian artist, Jacqueline Bradley is based in Canberra, its capital and largest inland city. Up until now, she has been primarily known for her unusual sculptures, installations and costumes, which are comprised of building materials, household objects, wallpaper and various fabrics. Her artistic vision has expanded to lightheartedly include swimwear that reflects her own relationship with the land in which she lives, and it has taken a whimsical bent with the creation of her boat dress.
Combining fashion with function
Recently on display as part of an exhibit called: The Outdoors Type at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, the boat dress is a form of wearable tech swimwear that grants the user a chance to embrace and enjoy the environment in ways never imagined using the sometimes raging rivers as a means of both transport and recreation opens up a new world in a way to those who dare to venture outside that probverbial box.
Besides the boat dress, Bradley has also created goggles made from water glasses, a jacket using kite materials and Ladder Shoes which when worn on a grassy plain keep the wearer safe from snakes.
How does the boat dress work?
While some of the elements of the upper section of the cream and floral boat dress are reminiscent of 1950s fabric and style, the lower half is in a class all by itself. Created by uniting a lengthy skirt and a blow-up plastic row-boat, the hem of this delightful sun-dress has been trimmed to end halfway up the outside of the garment after being pulled and affixed to the perimeter of the inflatable raft.
Jacqueline Bradley currently works out of her studio at Australian National Capital Artists and tutors and lectures in the sculpture workshop at ANU School of Art. Her work is proof positive that the concept of thinking outside the box needs to be constantly evaluated and expanded as one's creative muse dictates. The boat dress is just one example of one woman's unique vision and view of her specific enviornment and ist daily challenges.
For each woman, the challenges are of course different. For example, wearing this particular sun-dress on the NewYork City subway wouldn't float anyone's boat. However, a subway strap that converts into an arm- rest, or something completely unheard of that fills a need of some sort perfectly challenges the negative aspects of personal space and may even surpass them with the powers of the creative spirit.
So get to work and...good luck!
M Dee Dubroff
Fashion and Technology Blogger