Ryerson’s Design Fabrication Zone is collaborating with Nia Centre for the Arts to design and produce innovative costumes for this year’s Toronto Caribbean Carnival. This year’s Carnival celebrates 50 years of music, costumes, and culture and bringing creativity to the streets of our city.

The DFZ invites students and graduates of design disciplines (Fashion, Interior Design, Architecture) at Ryerson and beyond to participate in a one day hack-a-thon that will challenge participants to leverage advanced digital design and fabrication methods to create an innovative carnival costume. Using the theme of ‘Chrysalis’, hack-a-thon participants will organize into small teams to design, digitally model and prototype a costume concept that is transformative. The winning team/costume concept will be awarded a cash prize of $500.00 and will be invited to collaborate with Nia on the development of their 2017 Toronto Caribbean Carnival Collection.

The DFZ has developed a series of experimental digital and analog techniques and related material systems to direct the costume design workflow of the hack-a-thon. DFZ mentors and technicians will be available to work with each group over the course of the day to develop the costume designs. Teams will work to produce the following 4 elements using synthetic workflows and material systems:

1. Shell: Lightweight CNC-cut plywood body-shells with perforations and tension cables
2. Wing: Diaphanous body extensions using dynamic stretched fabric system with unique nodes and connectors via 3D printing
3. Crown: Rapid 3D scanning of the head and upper body and digital modelling and parametric design for form-fitting laser cut and 3D printed output
4. Gown: Experimental hybridized pneumatic cell aggregations for inflatable garments

The winning costume will be selected by a panel of expert judges from Nia and from the Ryerson Design and Fashion community. The weighted design criteria used to adjudicate the 4 costume elements will be clearly conveyed and posted on the morning of the competition.

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