Steph and Birce – Final – Crying Dress 2.0

After the mid-term project we decided that we wanted to continue our study and experimentation of liquid and garments, essentially a Crying Dress 2.0. We wanted to build on feedback from the original crying dress and add other elements. For instance, we researched bioluminescent phytoplankton that lives in the Maldives. We aesthetically liked their glowing pattern and wanted to mimic it and incorporate it into the crying dress. glow 02

Another improvement we wanted to make was to more realistically capture the motion of rolling tears. The look of the first crying dress was very medical and the water flowed through tubes. This time, instead, we wanted the water to be free falling and roll of the fabric in a manner more similar to crying.

Lastly, we wanted to improve the concept conceptually. The first dress, one had to activate the motor. With the second version, the user puts on a mask with a sensor, as if masking their genuine emotions, and  triggers the motor to start pumping water.


The look is assembled in three parts essentially. A waterproof dress that the water can bead off. The dress also has pockets that contain the pump, circuit, and water reservoir. A mask that has a sensor that trigger the motor to begin pumping water. A necklace through which the water is pumped and drops onto the dress.

Why/Inquiry: How can we capture emotion in a garment? What is the emotional reaction of the observer of the dress? How does the dress affect the wearer; is it therapeutic, calming, or have the opposite effect? Does the observer perceive tears of joy or sadness?


Materials used:

Waterproof/Nylon fabric

Plastic Tubing

Water pump

Glow water (highlighter soaked in water)

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In order to mimic the glowing effect of bioluminescent organisms, we soaked a highlighter in water. Different color highlighters produced different levels of glow when shined with the UV light. For instance the green and yellow shine the brightest. The different colors can be used to convey different moods and different sources of tears based on the wearer.

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