“For fashion to survive in the future, it has got to marry itself to other cultural forms,” Author Bradley Quinn
This article is a special one to me because it will be a feature in one of my newest projects. DNA Stylix is partnering with the Adventure Science Center based in Nashville. They offer a program called Art2STEM which is a after school program offered to selected 4th – 8th grade girls. Popular Science magazine just released an article about the lack of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in schools. The Art2STEM program shares a similar focus in keeping girls interested in STEM. When I volunteer, my goal will be to teach the girls that you can love both fashion AND science/tech. It is one of the reasons I created this website in the first place. I will be helping with the “Electric Fashion” portion of the program and we will be building LED enhanced t-shirts as our hands-on project.
Wearable technology is certainly making it’s stamp on the fashion industry. I’ll focus on the more gadget based wearable technology in the next article (iwatch, googleglass, etc.). This time I would like to focus on wearable tech fabric.
I first saw the line CuteCircuit about a year ago. You may recognize their work since it is popular with artist Katy Perry. I immediately knew their work when I stepped into the tents. They had just presented their runway show a few days previous and I was happy to see one of their designs from FW14 on the Mercedes-Benz platform.
The line is comprised of Italian designer Francesca Rosella and engineer Ryan Genz. Based in London, the duo combines diaphanous textiles and LED technology at a fiber level to create pulsating dresses that can trigger lighting sequences, videos, and more. The designers are utilizing the fact that most all of us never go anywhere without our cellphones. So, a number of their new designs can change color or video with a selection on the wearer’s cell phone (via their app, of course) right as they are wearing the garment.
Runway Images: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images
Here is my critique:
I find the actual clothing designs rather dated. I I think that if you are going to be so innovative in the technology, that the garments should be innovative as well- almost futuristic. A structured motorcycle jacket would be awesome with this type of technology. Maybe one with removable LED panels?
I’m seeing nothing that I have truly never seen before.
I would like to see these designers partner with a stylist and modeling agency for their runway shows. When you are in the industry, you can’t help but compare each show to another and I feel that they would be better received with a more industry friendly show that included professional models. They could easily partner with a shoe designer as well. In fact, I’d love to see their work paired up with a wicked heel.
London based designer Richard Nicoll likes to design seasonless essentials filled with a colorful urban vibe. He just debuted his version of a fiberoptic LED combo dress at London Fashion Week. He also is another designer utilizing the trend holographic fabric and metallics.