10 'Crime-Fighting' Fashion Items: Would You Wear These?
09/29/2015 11:35 am PDT
Fashion designers have stoked controversy for a range of items they say can offer potential crime victims protection. We've curated a list of some of the most talked about.
1. "Anti-Rape" Wear
One of the designs from AR Wear, showing how the waistband is meant to resist pulling from a potential attacker.
The founders of a clothing line branded "AR Wear" sparked intense debate in 2013 when they launched an IndieGogo campaign to fund the production of garments they claim offer "wearable protection for when things go wrong."
The range of undergarments and shorts rely on locks placed at the waist and leg-bands the founders say prevent the items from being pulled, torn or cut by an attacker.
AR Wear exceeded its $50,000 fundraising goal and in a video published earlier this month stated they were in the process of finding a "strategic partner" in order to move into production.
Japanese fashion designer Aya Tsukioka has made a so-called "vending machine dress" meant to act as a piece of urban camouflage.
Japanese fashion designer Aya Tsukioka garnered headlines in 2007 with the release of her so-called "vending machine dress."
Tsukioka printed life-sized photos of soft drink bottles and logos on large piece of fabric stitched together to act as urban camouflage. The designer told the New York Times the fabric could be unfolded from a skirt and quickly lifted over the body, helping users to evade potential attackers.
Mace Wear and First Sign have collaborated on wearable technology that can be placed inside headbands, wristbands, clips and keychains.
First Sign and Mace Wear have partnered on an advanced sensor, or pod, that can be placed inside headbands, wristbands, clips and keychains and manually activated "with a push of a button."
According to First Sign, when worn inside a headband or wristband, the pod can detect a head injury. It can also trigger an alarm when the wearer is blocking or returning strikes, the company's website states.