This work explores the kinetic potential of pneumatic actuators applied to garments. Based on soft-robotic principles, the clothing embedded with the wearable structures acquires a property of self-assembly on the body, without or with minimal intervention. The design development investigates how to relate body and fabric form to the movement performed by the robotic actuators made of laminated woven fabrics of elastic but airtight materials. This project questions the reality where the garment is static, and the body is an active agent in the dressing-up process. Through this speculative approach, the work introduces a fresh relation between body form and clothing in the service of wellbeing. In other words, the garment design assists the body in being dressed.
Photo: Daniela Ferro