In a bold move that’s sure to raise a few eyebrows, fashion designer Pauline van Dongen has teamed up with Skyn Condoms to design an activewear garment made entirely from contraceptive material.
By using innovative polyisoprene rather than latex, the Skynfeel Apparel will boast ultra thin and lightweight properties in a designated suit for long jump athletes. The goal of the audacious project was to ensure optimum fit to the body whilst small vortex/wing flaps in specific locations would (theoretically) help jumpers stay in the air longer by creating upward lift.
Don’t go to your local Foot Locker asking for a human-sized condom just yet though as Skynfeel Apparel is just a concept to determine where else the contraceptive material could be applied.
David Chaker who is the senior global brand director at Skyn Condoms explained that “we knew our Skynfeel condom material was revolutionary in our own industry, but we were curious about what else it could do.”
“So we looked to the world of performance athletics and decided to conduct an experiment in apparel. We wanted to allow ourselves to think differently, outside of our own condom box.”
Given the need for serious activewear to be breathable, the Skynfeel Apparel may need some work in the moisture-wicking department since it’s designed to block fluids from passing through. It does however hold the advantage of being manufactured via layering, hence allowing for varying degrees of thicknesses throughout designated heat zones.
Pauline van Dongen told Forbes that, “the creative process behind the development of the suit has been a great as well as challenging experience.”
“The Skynfeel material – polyisoprene – can be used and treated in so many different ways. Since it comes as a liquid we had many options [as to] how to process it. It took quite some experimentation to develop an approach that suited our concept.”
“Because it’s very thin, lightweight and elastic it can be worn like a second skin and gives the body a lot of freedom of movement. Developing a piece of apparel for an athlete followed naturally when looking at the performance of the material. For the long jump suit, in particular, we made use of the stretch and tensile strength of the material by placing it in areas of the body that would show a lot of expressive motion during the jump.”
Van Dongen added that her goal with this unique project was to push the boundaries of technology in fashion and sportswear whilst connecting with people’s lifestyles on an emotional level. There’s no news yet on whether the suit will be re-useable. Or ribbed.