Then came Cair Collective , a thesis task that she worked on with her schoolmate at Parsons, Amy Yu Chen, plus her roommate, Julia Liao, who was a good industrial designer. Created for the same friend who does not have mobility of her arms, this particular collection provides a tech-assisted dressing experience in which clothing is made to “rise” onto the body along with built-in inflatable components hidden in the clothes.
Poh likens this to a “ paradigm by which air is used to produce a more automatic way of dressing oneself”. This particular idea might seem outrageous when applied popular, but is really no different from tech programs in other fields, such as the making of vehicles that drive by themselves. “This process trained me to pull ideas and breakthroughs from verticals outside of fashion to enhance our own conditions of living, ” she stated.
The most ingenious item in the collection is undoubtedly the inflatable dress, as mentioned above, which usually conveniently connects for an air pump via magnets, and then inflates plus becomes rigid so the wearer could shift it over her hips, before tensing the waistline plus releasing the air within the material.
“ We had in order to improvise… we made the inflatable dress using a mini metal, creating seams on vinyl by sandwiching the material in between sheets of cooking paper. We purchased inflatable mattresses upon Amazon and minimize the air pump (component), while Julia helped us prototype 3D-printed nozzles, ” exposed Poh.