Biker Jacket Prototype | “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” Museum of Modern Art, New York October 3, 2017 – Posted in: Backstage

Levine was commissioned to construct a biker jacket prototype for Items: Is Fashion Modern?, The Museum of Modern Art’s second-ever fashion exhibition.

Natural geometries are the foundation for Asher Levine’s design philosophy. His current inspiration dives into the microscopic realm of the butterfly archetype, where the design plays with various resolutions of butterfly egg textures. The biker jacket is made using the designer’s exclusive leather forming technology and double-polymer bonding techniques. The butterfly skin texture is made in hard upper micro-armored scales, with a translucent, flexible base. The jacket is outfitted with on-board airbag systems, haptic sensing and interactive light animations that bridge connectivity between the motorcycle signaling system, the rider and other road vehicles. Combining science, technology, and modern aesthetic, the biker jacket embodies Levine’s vision of fashion in the 21st century.

“I want to broaden the expectations of what fashion can be, and the biker jacket prototype highlights new standards for design and utility,” says Levine. “Although the jacket highlights innovative materials and technology, it is the design that magically ties it all together.”

Items: Is Fashion Modern?, The Museum of Modern Art’s fashion exhibition opened on October 1, 2017, and views 111 influential garments and accessories from the last century.