Enclothed Cognition Lookbook
model: Exaucer Ntela Simao
photo assistant: Chaka Welch
*Reversible kimono made in collaboration with visual artist Llanor Alleyne (images 18 & 20)

Enclothed Cognition
is a collaborative project from Barbadian visual artist Mark King and Dutch fashion designer Bregje Cox. The collection is inspired by the behavioral psychological theory of Enclothed Cognition. Particularly how a garment’s symbolic meaning paired with the physical experience of wearing the garment combines to impact the wearer’s performance in everyday tasks. Enclothed Cognition is informed by King and Cox’s shared interests in science fiction, functional clothing, architecture, neuroscience, and future technologies.

Enclothed Cognition seeks to empower others by bringing awareness to the interplay between the clothes we wear, the built environment, and the human mind. By incorporating workwear, formalwear, military wear and traditional garments, the collection not only leverages the inherent durability and functionality of these pieces, but also taps into their respective cognitive attributes.

The collection features a wide range of layerable pieces that fit many contexts. Its bold surface patterns are encoded with references to the built environment be it real world or digital. Each of the 13 patterns bear a unique title which speaks to the thesis of each sartorial piece:


ARTIFICIAL
AUGMENTATION
COMPUTER SIMULATION
CONNECTIVITY
EMPOWERMENT
EMPATHY
IDENTITY   
IMMERSION
META
SIMULATION
UTILITY
VIRTUAL
VIRTUAL SIMULATION



“ELSEWHERE” by filmmaker/choreographer, Tori Lawrence, is a stunning experimental film that features bespoke Enclothed Cognition garments. The collaboration between Tori Lawrence + Co. and Enclothed Cognition spans multiple films and live performances.

Tori and I met as artists in residence at Yaddo in the fall/winter of 2018. I hoped we could collaborate someday from the moment she screened her films during an open studio. I kept it to myself (and Bregje) but thankfully Tori reached out months later and the rest is history.

Tori Lawrence + Co. creates immersive site-specific dances, interdisciplinary performance installations, and dance films that explore the space between media and the relationship between body and environment. It is this shared interest in the relationship between body and the built environment that has laid the foundation for our evolving collaboration. The activation of our garments and their respective surroundings through dance and film has revealed expansive worlds of possibilities.

Dancer, Ellie Goudie-Averill
Clothing Design: Enclothed Cognition
Sound Design: Light User
Filmed with a Beaulieu 4008 Super 8mm camera using Kodak Ektachrome film


Exhibitions


  • Koorkappen en designs FASHIONCLASH, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, Netherlands, 2018 

  • Showroom Limburg, Cube Design Museum, Kerkrade, Netherlands, 2018


Workshops & Presentations









studio@markkingismarkings.com