The design of garments we wear usually integrates social, psychological, and physical functions. Each garment presents a variable combination of functionality, from the purely aesthetic to highly task-driven. With these projects, instead of focusing on an application that might increase our physical comfort or increase our productivity, we focus on playful scenarios that develop a behavioral model for the garments themselves and encourage a sense of wonder and delight.

Vilkas is a dress with a kinetic hemline on the right side that rises over a 30 second interval to reveal the knee and lower thigh. It is constructed of heavy hand-made felt with a very light yellow cotton element that contracts through the use of hand-stitched Nitinol wires. Once heated, the Nitinol easily pulls the cloth together, creating a wrinkling effect. This movement is slowly countered by gravity and the weight of the felt.

The hemline is programmed to rise autonomously, not in response to any external or internal input. This creates a kinetic dress whose behavior can be playful and even desirable, but can also be embarrassing in the wrong social situation. The wearer can wait for the hemline to fall, which can take several minutes, or can actively pull it back down. This initiates a physical conversation between the wearer and the garment, as they fight over control of the bodyís real estate.