INSPIRED BY INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY, FUNCTIONALITY, AND FUTURISM, THIS PROJECT AIMS TO REASSESS THE USE OF THE ZIP AND ZIP TECHNOLOGY AS A COMPONENT OF DRESS.
The proposal for this project is to implement the functionality of a backpack with a mechanism that allows the bag to transition from the back to the front of the body without having to take it off the body.
Inspiration for this project is drawn from looking at the cool, yet complex functionality of industrial machinery with the zip re-considered as a piece of ‘machinery’. The zip traditionally serves a functional purpose- to assist with removal and locking of clothing in place on the human form. However in recent years it has increasingly become a design feature on both garments and accessories. This project aims to address this changing relationship in relation to bag design. Design references for this project include concepts from Italian futurism and Bauhaus who famously use simplistic lines of unfashioned objects like in the industrial machinery. The ‘everyday’ zip was deconstructed and rebuilt in an attempt to redesign and repurpose it for a progressive, image-conscious audience.