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Comments from the Design community- selected

Syuzi Pakhchyan, about the Solar bag:
“In 2009, Diffus introduced the Climate Dress which single handedly elevated wearable tech from the realm of geek to chic. Intertwining eco with electronics, the Climate Dress proved that wearable computing can indeed be fashionable and simultaneously socially provocative. Diffus’ latest creation, the solar handbag, brings similar sensibilities of eco-tech luxe to a sustainable, and marketable, product. While the Climate Dress is an evocative statement on “climate awareness,” the solar handbag leans towards self suppliance”.

Syuzi Pakhchyan is an experience designer whose work investigates the intersection between code, cloth and culture. Shei s the owner of the leading blog “fashionning tech”, a blog focusing on fashion and new technology.Her book “Fashioning Technology: A DIY Intro to Smart Crafting” explores the emerging creative practice of soft circuits and soft technologies.

Fast-Company about the Climate dress:
“We’ve seen designers create LED-infused fashion before, but never in such a clever way. Back in 2007, Hussein Chalayan made an LED dress that was interesting to look at, but little more. Cute Circuit recently introduced its blinding 24,000 LED dress, and British designer Gareth Pugh recently created an OLED dress, beautiful but also completely impractical. The information aspect of the Climate Dress is what makes it stand out from the rest. An added bonus? We’d actually want to wear this dress”.

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Sarah Gormley, about the Climate dress:
“An innovative concept that pushes the boundaries of wearable technologies. The integration looks seamless and importantly, the design has an aesthetic that would appeal. An original way to read CO2 levels and visualize data”. Sarah Gormley is director at Cecil Balmond Studio, London.

Nille Juul-Sørensen, about the Climate Dress:
“I think that the combination of traditional-rich fabric for clothes and the new high tech application is fantastic. The proposal measures CO2 but I see more this design as the starting point where we design technologic things into our everyday garments in some very refined ways. The dress is well designed and the overall idea with the small stars which continuously evolve in brightness is beautifully conceived”. Nille Juul-Sørensen er associate director at Arup and Chairman of the jury at Index-Award, one of the worlds most prestigious Design award.