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The last post on the merging of technology with fashion talked about responsive clothing, and there have been many more innovations taking place since then, with a number of collaborations emerging between tech companies and fashion labels. While these are more about incorporating fashion into technology, here I’d like to showcase some of the examples of fashion incorporating technology to deliver designs that are truly awesome.
The LCD Coat (Image courtesy www.planetdtv.com)
Dave Forbes first created this masterpiece to be worn at Burning Man (an art event), and it represents the path of fashion as technology gets added on. The coat is made up of a flexible LCD screen capable of creating video images like a walking signboard, when connected to a phone or iPad. Imagine sports fans displaying their team logo, and then changing the display to represent their favourite band when they go off to a concert!
Daan Roosegaarde created a dress that changes from opaque to nearly transparent as the wearer’s pulse increases, signifying attraction to the person in proximity. The dress is made out of electronically charged foil which changes with the level of electricity, determined by the wearer’s heartbeat. While this is a potentially embarrassing concept (imagine suddenly finding yourself on display – the more embarrassed you get, the more transparent the dress becomes!), the technology could be adapted in many ways to help change form and silhouette depending on external stimulation.
Lady Gaga’s bubble dress (Image courtesy www.becauseiamfabulous.com)
Lady Gaga left a trail of bubbles – literally – when she wore this dress made up entirely of bubble-machines that just covered her modesty under a soapy cloud. Soon, we could see a number of innovations along this line.
O2’s phone fashion accessories – Sean Miles (Images courtesy O2 Recycle)
Designer Sean Miles worked with telecom company O2 on their recycling initiative to create a range of accessories with mobile devices in them: handbags, shoes, gloves are all recycled with phones built-in to create a range of unique devices. The future of wearable fashion this definitely promises to be.
Kinetic LED Hat by Philip Treacy (Images courtesy www.fashioningtech.com)
Philip Treacy and Moritz Waldemeyer created this unique collection of headwear for the Philip Treacy collection in 2013. Using a set of rotating LED lamps, the headgear creates a halo effect.
Have you seen any new innovations in fashion that incorporates wearable technology in the recent past, or created some yourself? Do post your comments to us below, and we’d love to incorporate them.
Supriya Ghurye is the founder and owner of Fuel4Fashion, the first virtual design studio that caters to new and upcoming fashion design labels with a diverse portfolio of design services. She is a member of the Cherie Blair Foundation’s Women Entrepreneurship Program and has over a decade of fashion industry experience with international labels and start-ups.