Published in the Haute Couture Chicago August 2016 issue.
Fashion has been evolving, and now include more technology than ever before. Wearable technology such as the smartwatches was just the beginning, a new era of clothing will be coming sooner than you think.
Smart Fabrics were first seen in 2014. Imagine clothing emitting aromas, or changing color and texture based upon the environment. Designers are now more eager than ever to create works of art, not with static fabrics, but with fabrics that are interactive. Researchers at the University of Michigan are delving into Color Changing Fabric. Don’t mistake this for the 90’s hypercolor t-shirts, but actually much more complicated. These are tiny crystals that are woven into the fabric that reacts to the different wavelengths of light. When this light shines on a thin sheet of indium tin oxide it creates a charge, which makes the crystals change their formation. This is what causes the fabric to change colors and appearance. Sooner than you think our fashion can change all on its own.
3D Printed Clothing has been the rage for many designers. When it first emerged the designs were closer to a sci-fi flick than a piece of clothing a person would normally wear, but now some major designers have created full knit clothing lines to alluring gowns. Brands such as Nike has used this process to perfect their performance athletic foot ware.
NFC Interactive Clothing is not too far off in our future. NFC (or Near Field Communication) is already used throughout the retail industry. This form of technology is used for wireless payments, and target marketing promotions. Now here is the future potential, what if an article of clothing had a tag, which you swiped to get up-to-date info regarding color variations and a look book of what would go well with it, and info on a designers new upcoming clothing line. You would be literally wearing information.
Now what if your garment can fix itself? Self-Healing Fabrics are not that uncommon and are being used
today. Researchers at Deakin University in Australia are working on a new fabric called superamphiphobic. This would repair itself after being ripped, and still be waterproof. What if all your cloths can be waterproof? That would certainly eliminate the hassle of dealing with not only ripped clothing, but also the damage liquids can do to our fashion.
As technology evolves so will our fashion. It won’t be uncommon anymore for dresses to change into
pantsuits with just a tap of a button. It will not phase anyone when we walk into a restaurant with a black
dress, but then it changes to a daring red because of the environment. The phrase “smelling like a rose” would fit perfectly, when walking through a garden, and now your garments have begun emitting that aroma. It’s fair to say that both tech enthusiast and designers will be watching the runway closely for the latests fashion and tech mashup.
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