Drones are to Pakistan, what a little black dress is to western fashion. For the past few months various political parties used it as THE BUZZ WORD for their manifestos and it also came to be the reason for their success in general elections. Although there continues to be strong debate on their effectiveness and even their legitimacy in the first place. Fashion couldn’t have been be left behind in this debate. A New York based designer named Adam Harvey has made some interesting anti-drone clothing that ‘some folks’ can find handy.
I got to know about the designer’s work after reading about it in on a newspaper’s website. The collection titled ‘Stealth Wear‘ is a result of Adam Harvey‘s collaboration with fashion designer Johanna Bloomfield.
The garments work by camouflaging the heat generated by the body protecting against thermal imaging surveillance used widely by UAVs/drones.The garments which are supposedly lightweight and breathable are made from metalized fibers that reflect heat, thereby masking the wearer’s thermal signature.So in layman’s terms if you wear these clothes a drone might not be able to scan you in the first place. The collection comprises of three pieces, two of which seem to be ironically inspired from “Muslim dress:the burqa & the scarf“.
I am not sure if this is a design concept or commercially available pieces destined for retail. But I guess Pakistan & some other countries could potentially become big market for these. I for one would like a clothing piece which protects against snatching as it quite rampant in Karachi.
The designer has previously invented few other cool pieces like:
Off Switch: An anti-phone accessory for privacy lovers that locks any and all incoming and outgoing phone signals.
Camo Flash: A patent-pending anti-paparazzi fashion accessory. It’s capable of thwarting of attacks from flash cameras with no delay between flashes.(This I would love to get as I don’t like people taking my photographs unannounced)
Adam Harvey‘s website describes his range as “a vision for fashion that addresses the rise of surveillance, the power of those who surveil, and the growing need to exert control over what we are slowly losing, our privacy.“
Looking at this designer’s work I wonder why the folks learning and practicing design here in Pakistan don’t come up with such stuff. We might not be able to manufacture them locally but it would be refreshing to see designers go beyond truck art and t shirts here atleast in concept. How about some anti suicide bomb clothing or anti snatching clothing for one?
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