Inspired by Jacques Tati’s film Playtime (1967), this series illustrates these garments’ ability to metamorphose when one tries to take their picture. Playtime 1 reacts to a camera flash by contracting and becoming blurred as the fabric, activated by light-sensitive sensors, begins to undulate. For ying gao, this blurriness is a space of freedom which defies the supremacy of the image, that capital element of the fashion milieu.
Playtime 2 also reacts to its environment: by means of light-sensitive light pads hidden in the fabric, the dress emits a fairly strong light when struck by a camera flash. There is thus a quite playful element to this piece, which thumbs its nose at fashion shows where photography is king.