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Durham University

Science Outreach and Engagement


Science and fashion collided in a unique exhibition at Washington Arts Centre in spring 2012. Undress:Redress aimed to celebrate the fashions of the future and included works by creative artists Helen Schell, Gareth Pugh and Amy Winters, together with unique costumes designed by community groups.

The exhibition included a vibrant ball gown made from dissolving thermoplastic, an electroluminescent dress made from printable electronics and a colour-changing rainforest dress.

Local young people and talented ladies worked for months with Arts Centre Washington, creative artist Helen Schell and Science Outreach to produced unique fashion items using new 'smart materials' such as stronger-than steel Kevlar, heat-sensitive colour change fabric and beautiful lenticular sheets.

Undress:Redress was chosen as a finalist in the 'Best Event Sunderland' category for the Journal Culture Awards 2012.