Does looking at this garment make you feel confused? Then it's doing its job. The strange suit by British fashion design student Chloe Ride aims to depict the disorientation a person with Alzheimer's disease must feel. One hand is trapped, and a pocket that doubles as an opening completely covers the head, making the wearer feel confused and trapped in a swirl of fabric.
Ride made the outfit for "Changing Minds," a project that challenges fashion design students from Winchester School of Art to create garments inspired by research into neurologically based conditions such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, and epilepsy. In its third year, the project will see student designs exhibited at the Festival of Neuroscience in London next week, hopefully spurring viewers to ponder the complexity of neuroscientific diseases in a new way.
The clothes "aim to destigmatize and demystify mental health disorders by depicting the biological basis of the disorder and/or its effects," Shmma Quraishe, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Southampton involved with the project, told Crave.
Some of the designs in this gallery will appear at the Barbican Centre; some have already attracted attention at other events and exhibitions.
April 5, 2013 10:13 AM PDT
Photo by: Russell Sach
| Caption by: Leslie Katz
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