Tuesday, December 1, 2015


By Inside Retail

Emotional dress changes colour with your mood

Photos courtesy of Eef Lubbers and Malou Beemer (Click to enlarge)

A person’s posture and body language subconsciously conveys their emotions to those around them, and their choice of clothing can project a lot about their state of mind.

Now, an interactive dress called Kimbow combines and amplifies those effects through a colour changing textile – the dress changes colour to match your mood.

The dress, designed by fashion technology designers Eef Lubbers and Malou Beemer, reacts to the movements of the wearer and changes shade according to their position. The dress includes tech components stitched into the back of the garments. 

When the wearer stands with their hands on their hips and their elbow facing outward it shifts the programmable thread, making them change colour to a brighter more vibrant tone. This enhances the already powerful body language, which in turn hopes to increase the wearer’s confidence.

Springwise.com suggests the technology could be developed to help those who struggle to communicate their emotions — such as autistic individuals.

Kimbow by Eef Lubbers and Malou Beemer from Eef Lubbers on Vimeo.


Kimbow is an interactive dress which senses your posture and changes colour to amplify the message your body brings across. When standing in akimbo, with hands on hips and elbows projecting outwards, the thread structure of the dress changes colour in a way that creates an outward movement. This dynamic enhances the powerful appearance of the posture, attracting more attention and potentially increasing confidence of the wearer.

Kimbow is the result of an interdisciplinary collaboration between fashion technology designer Eef Lubbers and fashion designer and researcher Malou Beemer.

With the support of Eindhoven University of Technology, TextielLab Tilburg and Aartsen Elektronica.

Photo courtesy of thestyledivision.com

Photo courtesy of thestyledivision.com

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