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Structural Experiments for the Human Body
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We believe garments should function as an augmentation and enhancement of the body–able to respond and adapt to the body and changing environment. Through collaborations with leaders in the fields of architecture, art, science and technology, Chromat is committed to innovation in fashion technology.

CHROMAT LAB: investigate the process and inspiration behind some of our most showstopping looks from the runway and research lab.

AW16: LUMINA COLLECTION

Inspired by the color theory and light explorations of conceptual artist Robert Irwin combined with the biological functions of luminescence.

We have collaborated with the Intel Innovation, StretchSense and Nitemind teams for AW16 to create responsive accessories that transform the garment’s glow through reactive movement powered by the Intel® Curie™ Module.

By serving as an extension of our sensory systems, the responsive garments reflect a concept known as biomimicry, where nature is used to solve complex human problems., which allows the garments to customize their shape and adapt to the wearer’s environment. By serving as an extension of our sensory systems, the responsive garments reflect a concept known as biomimicry, where nature is used to solve complex human problems.

ELECTROLUMINESCENT GARMENTS

February 2016

In collaboration with Intel, StretchSense and Nitemind

Electroluminescent Strip and LED components, StretchSense sensors, satin, corset boning.

Stretchable sensors–known as "rubber bands with bluetooth" created by StretchSense–are incorporated into hand-wrap gloves worn by the models. Clenching a fist triggers the sensor, which wirelessly tells the Intel Curie module imbedded in the dress to switch the light on or off. "We wanted the models to be in control of their dress on the runway," Chromat designer McCharen explained to Fast Co Design. "We were looking at boxing hand wraps as the inspiration for the gloves' design and bringing that physical power into [the models'] world."

In the wild, bioluminescense exists for myriad reasons: to attract prey, to find mates, or as a defense mechanism. Riffing on that notion, the AW16 dresses show how the luminous tech integration can add an additional layer of expressiveness to a garment. The glowing dresses were wired up with electroluminescent strips and LED strips by electrical engineer and longtime Chromat collaborator Nitemind–who also created the glowing set for the runway show.

SS16: MOMENTUM COLLECTION

We collaborated with the Intel Innovation team to create two responsive garments that transform based on the wearer’s body temperature, adrenaline and stress levels. The movement of the dress and sportswear are powered by the Intel® Curie™ Module, which allows the garments to customize their shape and adapt to the wearer’s environment. By serving as an extension of our sensory systems, the responsive garments reflect a concept known as biomimicry, where nature is used to solve complex human problems.

Adrenaline Dress

September 2015

In collaboration with Intel and Francis Bitonti

3D Printed Fused Deposit Modeling Thermoplastic Elastomer, Laser Cut Carbon Fiber Structure, Nitinol Shape Memory Alloy, Neoprene

The Chromat Adrenaline Dress powered by Intel is composed of printed panels designed and an interlinked, expandable carbon fiber framework. When the garment senses adrenaline, the dress’s framework mimics the fight-or-flight mode and extends the wearer’s sensory system to form an imposing hourglass shape- signaling an augmented, empowered silhouette.

Aeros Bra

September 2015

In collaboration with Intel

3D Printed frames, thermoplastic polyurethane panels, nitinol shape memory alloy, lycra

Chromat has also developed our first sportswear prototype built with Intel technology: the Chromat Aeros Sports Bra inspired by wind, air and flight.

When the Chromat Aeros Sports Bra senses an increase in respiration, perspiration and body temperature of the wearer, it leverages shape memory alloy to open vents to cool down the body. With integration of the Intel Curie module, the sports bra can intuitively respond to the body's signals. This responsive clothing enables the wearer to break through barriers such as overheating to achieve peak performance.

AW15: MINDFILES COLLECTION

The Chromat MINDFILES Collection explores the transfer of human consciousness to new forms, utilizes artificial intelligence and expands the concepts of innovator Martine Rothblatt's post-human Mindfiles to envision an entirely (wo)man-made, synthetic world of bionic bodies. In this world, garments function as artificial augmentation and enhancements of the human body.

Laser Chakra Dress

February 2015

In collaboration with Nitemind and Metalepsis

532 NM 5mW Class 2 lasers, 3D printed laser ports, patent leather corset boning and elastic

The Chromat Laser Chakra Dress utilizes 3D-printing technology as well as optical amplification through laser diodes to simulate synthetic neuron connections within the brain.

The Laser Chakra Dress features 3D Printed laser ports positioned at each of the 7 chakra points on the body, representing the energy vortexes of the body site.

Laser Bra & Harness

February 2015

In collaboration with Nitemind and Metalepsis

532 NM 5mW Class 2 lasers, 3D printed laser ports, patent leather corset boning and elastic

The Laser Bra & Harness feature lasers extruding from central points on the body: the bust apex and spinal column. Presented at Milk Studios at New York Fashion Week, the lasers were almost pulled from the catwalk due to the thread of blinding the runway audience.

Mindfiles 3D Printed Dress

February 2015

In collaboration with Juan De Marco, Matt Foglia and Charles Driza

3D Printed acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, patent leather, nylon

The Mindfiles 3D Printed Dress imagines a world where garments transcend biology through technology, augment the human body through chemically synthetic processes, and improve and enhance the natural process of the human body and physical environment. The Mindfiles Dress incorporates a 3D printable bra cup, ribcage and hip pieces that can be sized to fit any shape based on body scanning technology.

Shoplifter Garter Bustier

February 2015

In collaboration with Shoplifter, Edda Gudmun and Kerin Rose Gold

White synthetic hair, Swarovski crystals, corset boning, satin elastic

The Shoplifter Bustier represents a collaboration with Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardottir (aka Shoplifter), who works extensively in human and synthetic hair sculpture, and Kerin Rose Gold.

The Bustier is dripping in over 2,500 individually hand-placed Swarovski crystals. Swarovski was chosen as a synthetic representation of gemstones. The Bustier implements material biotechnology of synthetic hair and man-made Swarovski crystals to recreate natural phenomenon through chemical processes.

SS15: FORMULA 15 COLLECTION

The FORMULA 15 collection incorporates various planes of technology that work towards seamlessly melding the wearer's body with elements that allow them to take control and empower themselves in a whole new light. 3D printing materializes in FORMULA 15 in the form of bra cups, pockets, and face masks. Chromat imagines a world where you are in control of your body through harnessing the data fed back to you through the technology that is embedded into everyday wear.

3D Printed Odile Bustier

September 2014

In collaboration with architect Juan De Marco

3D Printed acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), neoprene, nylon strapping

The Chromat 3D printed Odile Bustier incorporates a 3D printable bra cup that can be sized to fit any shape based on body scanning technology. Utilizing new additive manufacturing techniques has allowed us to develop complex shapes and volumes that would be difficult to achieve using traditional materials and construction methods.

Chromat believes 3D printing has the potential to change fashion in the same way that MP3's changed music. Imagine a world in which each fashion collection was available for instant download online, on iTunes (or perhaps iPrint). You could then apply your personal body scan data to the print file, adjust the file to custom fit your shape and preferences, and then print the clothing out in your home.

3D Printed Sport Top & Facemask

September 2014

In collaboration with architect Juan De Marco

3D Printed acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), neoprene, nylon cord

The Chromat 3D Printed Sport Top and facemask incorporates a 3D printable bra cup that can be sized to fit any shape based on body scanning technology.

Misfit Shine Harness

September 2014

In collaboration with Misfit

Aluminum, LEDs, silicone, nylon strapping

Chromat partnered with wearable technology company MISFIT to design accessories that incorporate their first product, Shine: a sleep and activity-monitoring device that tracks the body’s movement. This elegant tool transforms the body into a machine able to produce and record data. The information gleaned from the body’s exercise is then synced to a digital application that charts the body’s progress throughout the day.

AW14: BIONIC BODIES COLLECTION

The Chromed AW14: Bionic Bodies Collection tells the story of a love affair between a human and a robotic being. Interactive maps of the internet and websites like Tweetping, Reddit and global energy usage topographies inspired the material palette of wearable semiconductor light source technology paired with lush velvets and chromed metal plating.

LED Bra + Facemask

February 2013

In collaboration with Mike Prevette and Michael Potvin of Nitemind

LED components, corset boning and satin elastic

"Chromat has punched a hole in the fabric of space-time. Think bladerunner meets Helmut Newton with serious cybernetic embellishments." -i-D Magazine

The Chromat Bionic LED Bra- at the forefront of neo-futurism- utilizes wearable semiconductor light source technology lining the circular cups, bodice and straps.
The bionic led bra is made of led components, corset boning and satin elastic with adjustable metal sliders and metal hook closures.

Chrome Metropolis Corset

February 2013

In collaboration with metalsmith Virginia Deda Rohr

Nickel silver-plated copper, silver-coated brass rivets and satin elastic

The Chromat Metropolis Corset is a circular cupped vision with chromed boning stabilized by radial elastic banding. Each metal piece was designed in CAD and laser-cut before the chrome finish was applied.

Chrome Metropolis Dress

February 2013

In collaboration with metalsmith Virginia Deda Rohr

LED components, corset boning and satin elastic

The Chromat Chromed Metropolis Dress is a show-stopping feat of architectural engineering comprised of over 100 chromed plates and over 1,000 hand-linked metal o-ring connection joints. Each metal piece was created in CAD and laser-cut before the chrome finish was applied. Worn by Kendall Jenner in the November 2015 issue of Vogue Magazine, Rita Ora for Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Toni Garn for Numero.

Bionic LED Cage Cape

February 2013

In collaboration with Mike Prevette and Michael Potvin of Nitemind

LED components, corset boning and velvet casing

The Bionic LED Cage Cape internally illuminates the body with semiconductor light.

SS14: MATHLETES COLLECTION

The SS14: Mathletes collection, inspired by competitive mathematics, team uniforms, sports jerseys and the athleticism and intellectual mastery of NASA Astronauts.

Steel Skirt + Steel Corset

September 2013

Hand-tooled and powder-coated steel, brass rivets

The Steel Cage Skirt and Corset create a strong, structural shape through automotive and aerospace-grade materials.

AW13: SUPERSTRUCTURES

The Chromat AW13: SUPERSTRUCTURES collection was inspired by three-dimensional translations of mathematical equations and the work of sixties futurist architects: Superstudio’s monolithic grid structures and Archigram’s dystopian visions for future cities. The cage dresses were designed to accentuate the contours of the body with architectural lines and a scaffolding-like structure.

Machine City Cage

February 2013

Corset boning, cotton twill encasement

The Chromat Machine City Dress features a gridded structure that envelops the body with underwire details and structured skirt. The Machine City dress appears in the "Color Shift" 2014 Lexus commercial.

Hyperboloid Cage

February 2013

Corset boning, cotton twill encasement

The Chromat Hyperboloid Dress is a 3D translation of the hyperboloid mathematical formula, with diagonal emphasis and a high collar.

Superstructures Cage

February 2013

Corset boning, clear vinyl encasement

The Chromat Superstructures Dress is a showpiece from the superstructures collection with a gridded structure that envelops the body with underwire details and structured skirt. The Superstructures Dress appears in the "Color Shift" 2014 Lexus commercial.