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Fashion (MA)

Gutong Chen 陈顾彤

Gutong Chen

Born in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, graduated from London College of Fashion in 2021 with a bachelor's degree, postgraduate at the Royal College of Art. Gutong is a fashion designer, focusing on humanwear and exploring new forms of fashion for the future world.

As a beneficiary of nature, Gutong grew up in an idyllic town surrounded by lucid waters and lush mountains. She is not only a fashion designer, but also a craftswoman, a botanist or a recorder of nature. She believes in the synergies between the land and the people, and their inseparable organic relationship. Inspired by the natural world, her design work integrates fashion and wearable art, experimenting through the use of sustainable materials and innovative technologies to explore the symbiosis between humans and the natural world.

Degree Details

School of DesignFashion (MA)HumanwearRCA2023 at Battersea and Kensington

RCA Battersea, Studio Building, Ground and First floors

Virtual  Wearable Device, by Gutong Chen, 2023, London

'Plants play a very important role in our lives and in the ecosystem. Plants also have to cope with a variety of difficulties in their survival, including drought, lack of nutrients, viruses and bacteria. By understanding how plants solve the problems imposed on them by their environment, humans can apply these solutions to our own challenges.'

The project is about exploring the biological rhythms of nature and the vitality and mobility of plants.

The designer researched and used bionics to restore the life state of plants and highlight their biological features in wearable clothing. Clothes and garments are created which can think and move on their own, and which question the viewer as to whether these 'brains' are natural or the plants' themselves. This type of wearable installation will allow people to interact with plants in real time, and also allow people to feel more deeply the existence of plants in this world as well as the influence of plants on people and the world. The aim of the project is to focus on showing the vitality of plants which is usually ignored.

The final product is divided into two parts, including ‘Plant Beasts’ which uses mechanics to walk and move on its own by relying on wind energy;and the 'Wind Catcher'. Research has shown that the wind can cause an acceleration of air flow which can promote gas exchange in leaf stomata and facilitate carbon uptake by plants, and increase the surface area of plants in contact with sunlight, which facilitates photosynthesis. The 'Wind Catcher’ can therefore simulate the life activity of plants under different sunlight conditions and in the presence of wind.

’Biorhythms‘ - Virtual wearable devices made by Gutong Chen


Virtual Mechanical Device
The dynamics of the device on slight wind mode correspond to the strong sunlight.
The dynamics of the device on gentle breeze mode correspond to the moderate sunlight.
The dynamics of the device on strong wind mode correspond to the faint sunlight.


Small motors, sensors, acrylic cutting, 3D printing, wood


145cm x 60cm X 70cm
Drawing of Mechanics and Computing processs
Image of modeling
Sketch of the Plants Beasts
Sketch of the Plants Beasts
Sketch of the Plants Beasts
Sketch of the Plants Beasts
Sketch of the Plants Beasts
Sketch of the Plants Beasts
Sketch of the Plants Beasts