Communicative clothing.

The Tufts-organized exhibitioin Pattern Language: Clothing as Communicator makes its way to the University of Minnesota's Weisman Art Museum October 14. It features work by artists who "go beyond the everyday utility of clothing, and instead use clothing, fabric and the body to invent new forms of communication and interaction between wearers, between wearers and their clothes, and between the makers of clothing and the fashion system." Cases in point: Mimi Smith's Camouflage Maternity Dress, which aims to hide the body but--given its transparent space-bubble frontpiece--let the world see the pregnant woman's belly; and in Patrick Killoran's poly-fleece sweatpants (An Opening, 2001), "male physical urges and pleasures are expressed and easily satisfied through the design of these sweatpants."

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