‘Stealth Wear’ Clothing Line Hides You From Drones
Don’t want to stand out with your fashion choices? New York artist, Adam Harvey, has you covered. Together with fashion designer, Johanna Bloomfield, he’s created a line of clothing to keep drones and other thermal imaging surveillance technologies at bay.
Harvey’s “Stealth Wear” collection features burqas, scarves, and hoodies- all made with highly “metallized” fibers to reflect heat and mask the wearer’s thermal signature.
Harvey told The Daily Beast that the recent controversy surrounding the use of unmanned drones and their role in civilian causalities overseas got him thinking of ways to protect people against thermal-imaging technology. After purchasing a thermal camera, he quickly discovered that metal effectively blocks thermal signatures.
“It’s a very simple, very analog solution to a rather complicated problem,” Harvey said.
Designs for the anti-drone collection are meant to evoke images of the Middle East, where drone attacks are most prevalent. The stealth burqa, scarf, and hoodie, which are on sale in Primitive London’s online shop, sell for about U.S. $2280, $560, and $490, respectively.
Harvey said he has received orders for custom pieces from military manufacturers, including those conducting operations in Afghanistan. However, the artist’s original idea was for the garments to be worn in the United States to “challenge authoritarian surveillance.”