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The Textile Museum Features Ying Gao’s Sci-Fi Fashion

Science-inspired threads by Ying Gao are on display at the Textile Museum of Canada

Science-inspired threads by Ying Gao are on display at the Textile Museum of Canada

MAY 7 TO SEPTEMBER 1  Sure, we’re all waiting for the jacket with built-in Wi-Fi, or the trousers that can charge smartphone batteries, but so-called wearable technology can be more than merely utilitarian. Ying Gao demonstrates as much at her Textile Museum of Canada exhibition, Fashioning the Intangible. Combining fashion with ideas about architecture, urban environments and multimedia art, the university professor and designer creates garments that incorporate novel materials and sensory systems to playfully highlight the effects of external stimuli on individuals. Featuring such artfully crafted items as diaphanous Science is Fiction garments and (No)where (Now)here dresses that move when gazed upon, the show lends materiality to the immaterial elements of our environment.  —Craig Moy

• Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Ave., 416-599-5321; textilemuseum.ca
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