6. Computational Couture

From Cyborgs to Supermodels

  1. Jessica Wolfendale2 and
  2. Jeanette Kennett3
  1. Ada Brunstein

Published Online: 31 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444345568.ch6

Fashion - Philosophy for Everyone: Thinking with Style

Fashion - Philosophy for Everyone: Thinking with Style

How to Cite

Brunstein, A. (2011) Computational Couture, in Fashion - Philosophy for Everyone: Thinking with Style (eds J. Wolfendale and J. Kennett), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444345568.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 2

    West Virginia University, USA

  2. 3

    Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Author Information

  1. New York University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 31 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 2 SEP 2011

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405199902

Online ISBN: 9781444345568



  • computational couture - from cyborgs to supermodels, Mann himself upgrading the WearCam to look more like a sleek pair of sunglasses;
  • world of superheroes clothing - enhancing physical and cognitive capacities;
  • entering a generation of wearable technology - beyond enhancing our vision, tracking time;
  • popular culture, and notion of “cyborg” - a terminator-like creature, carrying strap-on weapons and computational devices;
  • portability, magic ingredient - for any technology of the future;
  • wearability, offering the ultimate portability - as iPods strapped onto arms, headphones into ears;
  • Compass Coat (designed by Stijn Ossevort) - a device, built right into a jacket;
  • Hug Shirt, getting Time Magazine's nomination - as one of the best inventions of 2006;
  • Cyborgs and supermodels;
  • Clark and Chalmers, and active externalism - role of environment in “driving cognitive processes”


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Fashion

  • Cyborgs and Supermodels