Crying Dress by KOBAKANT
We are always scouring the internet and staying up on the latest wearable creations by talented designers around the world. One such maker collective that we adore is Kobakant. The collective was formed in 2008 by Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson, the group “believes in the spirit of humoring technology, often presenting their works as a twisted criticism of the stereotypes surrounding textile craftsmanship and electrical engineering.”
The Crying Dress was created in 2012, but has resurged into the spotlight at the Love & Loss exhibition at the Lentos Museum in Lintz, Austria.
The dress was crafted during a one month residency at the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, Austria.
The circuitry for the design was embroidered by hand, a tedious process but one of great effect. The gown has an achingly beautiful narrative, designed to be a shroud of mourning. Tears drip from the sculptural head dress and as they pass over the sensors, a haunting wailing sound emits from speakers embroidered into the garment.
You can check out the process of the designers making this artistic wearable piece on their website.