Imagine a sweater that literally relaxes you after a busy day at the office or a dress that can give you an energy boost before your party starts, it might be the future of fashion.
Futuristic clothes might contain specially designed aromatic fragrances that can radically change your daily sensory environment for health matters or just to influence your mood for the better.
Jenny Tillotson, a senior research fellow in Fashion and Textile Design at the University of the Arts, London spoke last week during the Humanity and Trans-humanism conference about how a scent-augmented wardrobe could influence the human mind positively, evoking memories, increase relaxation or enhance alertness.
Tillotson’s conceptual ideas would incorporate tiny tubes throughout the lining of the garment accompanied by a timer activating scents such as a smelling salt in lieu of morning and late afternoon coffee, and then release calming, floral fragrances in the evening that decreases stress and comforts your ride home.
Also, clothing could connect to biometric sensors that measure stress levels or hart rates and react by the release of ambient scents which, can be replicated later during happier moments. Clothing that both emits and receives scents will then be a communication tool that allows us to talk, find or remember someone through the smell of their wardrobe.
Besides creating a happy or relaxed buzz, scented clothes can also help resolve medical issues. According to Tillotson, smells provoke memory more directly than any other sense and could help for dementia among the elderly.
If the sensors would be linked to the fragrance emission, clothing could replicate smells associated with happy moments, valued experiences or loved ones, triggering the elderly’s memory.
By linking scent sensors and fragrance emission, clothing could replicate smells associated with loved ones, cherished activities or places. Pumping up those smells could trigger an elderly wearer's memory and allow them to more easily remember how to get home or the name of an acquaintance.
Currently these ideas are just ideas and technology is not up to date yet so it might take some time before your business suit can influence your job interview or wedding dresses practice mood relaxation but future fashion might be a whole lot smellier.