Occupation Designer and innovator, assistant professor of media arts and sciences, MIT Media Lab
A lot of what you do and study is how we approach design versus how nature approaches design. How does that play into the way you dress?
I appreciate good tailoring as much as good details of construction. But given the work that I do, the world that engages my thinking is so complex and multifaceted, I like to simplify it in the way that I dress. I like to mostly wear very simple clothes. Specifically, I appreciate Celine and Jil Sander. I’ve been following a lot of the work that Raf Simons has been doing. He’s at Dior now, and it will be very interesting to see how he evolves at Dior.
When you are in an academic setting teaching or making a presentation, do you put a lot of thought into what you’re wearing and the message that it sends?
Yes and no. Yes, because it is always an opportunity for celebration. When you celebrate a new idea, it immediately comes through the way you hold yourself and the clothes you wear. But at the same time, I don’t find myself thinking much about it, because I truly believe it’s an organic process. To wear a beautiful new garment is like wearing a new idea, and I see them as the same thing. Opening my closet is a form of meditation. I pick whatever I feel is right for the day. It’s usually only a matter of seconds before I’m out of the house. — C.M.
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