Harvey said the material in the anti-drone clothing is made of silver, which is reflective to heat and makes the wearer invisible to thermal imaging.
The “anti-drone hoodie” was the central attraction of Harvey’s Stealth Wear exhibition, which opened in London in January, billed as a showcase for “counter-surveillance fashions”.
It began in 2010 with Camoflash, an anti-paparazzi handbag that responds to the unwanted camera flashes with a counter-flash of its own, replacing the photograph’s intended subject with a fuzzy orb of white light.
Harvey is well aware his work can seem a little before its time. However, reality is not so far behind. Over the next 15 years the US Federal Aviation Administration anticipates more than 20,000 new drones will appear in American skies, owned not just by law enforcement agencies and the military, but also public health bodies and private companies. Military camouflage designer Guy Cramer is Harvey’s military equivalent.