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Design As Catalyst

Huansi Yang

I am a product and fashion designer from Beijing. I seek effective practice in open design. I am interested in how the appearance products can be continuously designed by users through the transformation of roles, taste, functional requirements and emotional expression in everyday life.

My project is about making one garment that can be shared using by all.

Everyone has the ownership of his clothes. But after being worn for a few years, it gradually becomes unused. There are spare resources.

Throughout how people use their clothes, The study found that people have a habit of sharing clothes with those close to them. In the process of mutual adjustment and self-adjustment, the inappropriate clothes gradually become physically and emotionally appropriate. Clothing has become the common property of a group of people and a medium for conveying affections. A series of consequences come in succession: idle goods become active, two people's tastes are more similar…

My design starts from making one garment universal, and finally the research found that universal signify people have the authority to design by themselves. I embed open design into the investigation of life scenarios, worked on how to make an open-design product work effectively in real life.

Tech Research
Sharing habit

From technology and sharing habits study, the results suggest that using tools as inducement to letting people experiment with self-adjustment can be a catalyst for one garment fit for all.

In sharing habits, people are more likely to try out coats because it conveys a code of care. Since emotion is embedded in the clothes, people show more tolerance here.

From Excess to XS
Process from Excess to XS
Excess to XS first part
Excess to XS second part

The project Excess to XS is a combination of a garment and a clip pack that allow people to sharing clothes easier.

In the sharing clothes habit among people, the clothing size and gender attributes limitation hinders the sharing possibilities. This is due to size and taste in one garment can not be changed by users instantly.

The project intervention was to make one garment that can be changed quickly with a clips that allow it can be worn by different genders of different body sizes.

By apply clips on garment, the XL can be adjusted to XS in stages.

The clothing appearance can be more varied depending on how the individual uses clips in which positions.

In this way, multiple people can share one garment through a clip pack. 


Cotton Nylon


50cm * 120cm * 30cm

Dr Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad, Design Products, Royal College of Art

Peter Musson, Fine Metals, Royal College of Art

Phoebe Baines, Future Materials, Royal College of Art

Haoqi Li, Visual Communication

Corey Vosper, Visual Communication

DaC Platform