The world of work has changed dramatically. The arrival of the pandemic has made it necessary to create new work habits, and it is right that even work clothes undergo changes.
Our clothes are not "optimized" for smartworking, they are not designed to make us work comfortably and comfortably. We wear what we feel is right, but there are no studios or clothes specially designed for work from home.
Wei Lun Hung, product design student at the Royal College of Art, he thought of just this, and created his first collection.
We are talking about three experimental garments, which form the collection called Wearable Workforce.
Modern work clothes
The first item in Hung's workwear collection is called Commuter.
It can be considered as a provocative model, a dress intended to show our bad habits.
When wearing the Commuter suit, the elastic cords hidden inside it push us to assume a folded position, as if we were working on the computer.
The designer's goal is to make workers aware, to make them understand which are the wrong steps they shouldn't take.
Second boss: Self-Manager
Hung's work clothes continue with the second model, which takes the name of Self-Manager.
The dress is marked by the presence of inflatable pads positioned on the back, thighs and hamstrings of the knee. It is built to allow the person to take control over their ergonomics - as opposed to the Commuter.
Thanks to the inflatable pads, any chair or support immediately becomes more comfortable.
To build the dress, Hung welded the plastic fabric to the seams, using a layer of parchment paper to prevent burns.
"You need to achieve physical comfort, but don't get too comfortable because you lose that alert [feeling] of being in a professional environment", he later explained in an interview.
The third head: Itinerant
We then come to the last item of his collection of work clothes, which Hung has chosen to call Itinerant.
Simply described, Itinerante can be considered as a computer, wearable practically anywhere.
"I created this speculative, reality-based scenario where large companies closed their physical offices and adopted a flexible work schedule. (...) I was imagining this really dynamic mobile work model [where] the office dissolves in the city and we become truly nomadic workers ".
To make the third garment, Hung deconstructed a laptop and then sewed it onto clothes. In a very clear way, the designer conveys a strong and intense message: wherever we go, work does not abandon us.
The main computer is located on the back, and the torso is entirely wrapped in two monitors. A split keyboard, complete with a thumb-controllable mouse, sits on the upper legs. The headphones, on the other hand, are sewn directly into the hooded sweatshirt.