Friday, October 2, 2009

The Future Of Fashion - Tech Couture

As one fashion week after another speeds by, my ADD is kicking in, and I am suddenly intrigued by a less talked about aspect of fashion – Tech Couture. From designer Manel Torres exploring the possibility of spray-on clothing, to the development of “smart” second skin clothing which has interactive fragrance technology permanently built into the clothing: examples include clothing and jewellery that release scents such as menthol, which could help alleviate medical problems including asthma attacks.
That science and fashion interact on such close front is exciting, and not just from an academic point of view. To break free from the current conventions of fabrics and silhouettes, and to be able to explore unthinkable dimensions, and through fashion!

All this isn’t some distant science fantasy. In fact, some of these innovations have already been seen on the runway. Hussein Chalayan’s 2008 collection featured LED dresses: a video dress displaying a time-lapsed image of a rose opening up and closing, with an array of colours and light, made possible by 15,000 LEDs embedded in the fabric. In 2007, Chalayan’s collection featured clothes that changed shape: zippers closing, cloth bunching and hemlines rising, with the assistance of micro-controllers, switches and motors.






Dresses changed shape as the audience gasped


If this is just the beginning, I can’t really wait to see what the future of Tech-couture will be!

13 comments:

Sydnie said...

This collection is gorgeous! That last dress made me gasp outloud, too! :) I'm so excited to see more tech couture.

Sydnie
www.takemeouttotherunway.blogspot.com

Beki said...

That's awesome!!

http://www.nearstyle.blogspot.com

dapper kid said...

I think fashion will always be about embracing new technology, whether it be the way of using a fabric, or a new fabric/material in itself. I still remember the Alexander McQueen show where the robotic arms sprayed paint on the models on the runway. Hope you're having a beautiful weekend :)

thesydneygirl said...

this is AMAZING! i actually haven't seen that before. wow! thanks for sharing! <3

janet said...

hello,
please check out the music video showcasing the s/s 2010 collection for my line graey: http://tinyurl.com/graeyss10
xoxo

yiqin; said...

The skirt part is amazing.

LifestyleBohemia said...

SO interesting & unique!
xx

The Man Who Knew Too Much said...

That Hussein collection is legendary!

yiqin; said...

The shape of the dresses are crazy!!

Joy said...

so interesting.....

Feelmore said...

Soooo happy you mentioned Hussein Chalayan’s 2008 collection - one of my ultimate favorites ever. And one that is going to seriously change the future of fashion...

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