Defocus

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2016-11-10
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Rougeaux-Burnes, Lauren
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Defocus utilizes biomimicry to test the influences science and nature have on clothing aesthetics and how this positively affects the life of the wearer. This ensemble focuses on the unusual vision of the jumping spider. Jumping spiders, which hunt by pouncing on their prey, gauge distances to their unsuspecting meals in a way that appears to be unique in the animal kingdom. Researchers in Japan have now discovered that the arachnids accurately sense distances by comparing a blurry version of an image with a clear one, a method called image defocus. Defocus was designed to put the viewer into the perspective of the spider by forcing the viewer's eye to initially become overwhelmed and refocus on each individual layer to see the details. This process is represented in the dress by layering textiles of different colors, textures, and patterns and later separating each layer near the hem of the dress.

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