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Hi-Tech Textiles at IFA

IFA in Berlin and it’s equivalent, the CES in Las Vegas, are the must-go events of the year to check out the latest inventions and innovations in the electronic high-tech sector. Not surprisingly, both events attract the emerging trend of techno-fashion, clothing that gets an electrifying makeover, clothing that brings electronic closer to our skin…

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Haute Technology Laboratory

Wearable Technology research got another boost in form of a $1 million funding from Shima Seiki USA, a leader in 3-D computerized knitting systems, for a ‘Haute Technology Laboratory‘ led by  Genevieve Dion,  Assistant Professor and Fashion Design Program Director at the Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Genevieve Dion’s research…

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Art, Fashion and Technology by Ying Gao

Ying Gao is a fashion designer and professor of design at UQAM from the Université du Québec presents her latest collection that includes 3 interactive, intelligent garments at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec between June 9th and August 28th 2011 The garments respond to sound, motion or light by changing their shape and…

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Haute Tech turns the Light on

‘Haute Tech': Turning the Lights On is the headline of a recent article in the Fashion & Style section of The New York Times, featuring the fashion illumination designs by Moon Berlin, a Haute Tech fashion design house founded by Brigitte Franken and Christian Bruns. It looks to me as wearable illumination technology is putting…

Illuminated fashion – Into the Deep by Vega Wang

If you are inspiring fashion designer with parents working in the engineering field then it is almost pre-programmed that you will become very likely a fashion-technology designer like Vega Wang. China born Vega Wang, a graduate of BA Fashion Design Womenswear in Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, got her calling…

High-tech fashion by Anouk Wipprecht

Belonging to the new generation of fashion-tech designer, Anouk Wipprecht understands very well how to make use of technology to re-invent fashion design. Fashion design, used to provoke, to challenging but also connecting to social values has always been at the forefront of fashion design. Using technology like Anouk Wipprecht opens up almost unimaginable possibilities…

Magical Fairytale Fashion by Diana Eng

Last week’s Fairytale Fashion Show at Eyebeam set a sparkling crown onto Diana Eng‘s extraordinary exploration into technology enhanced fashion. Regrettable I was not able to organize myself in a way to witness this event in person but with the images and videos becoming available I can very well connect to the magical experience Diana’s…

Fairytale Fashion Show

Diana Eng‘s fabulous project Fairytale Fashion which I highlighted last November is reaching it’s final stage, the Fairytale Fashion Show at Eyebeam on February 24, 7-9pm Models will show Diana’s Haute Tech creations to the music from hacked video game consoles. A technology enriched fashion show demonstrating the potential of wearable electronics. The Fairytale Fashion…

Haute Tech LED-coat

Dutch designer Wendy Legro uses light as style element in a coat design which radiates simplicity and minimalistic sophistication. Her LED coat design features folds that open and close during movements. Inside the folds are LEDs which light up, illuminating the folds and the surrounding area. One of the most beautiful textile light designs I…

Illuminative Sonic Top

In our series of introducing the prototypes on stage during the Sept 25  ‘Smart Textile Salon‘, a jointed European workshop organized by the European projects SysTex and Proetex, we have a sneak peek at the Illuminative Sonic Top by Travis Li, currently Research Assistant at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The ‘Illuminative Sonic Top’, inspired…

Heartbeat – invisible jewelry from Moritz Waldemeyer

Moritz Waldemeyer, the mastermind behind illuminated Haute Tech creations such as the stage wear for US rock band OK Go or the Sparkling Crystal Dress in collaboration with Hussein Chalayan presented another variant of his fashionable illumination designs during the Salone del Mobile in Milano, Italy. The Heartbeat is a ‘new concept of invisible jewelry‘…

Italian luxury boom-bag

Tradition rich Italian luxury brand Pratesi embraces the digital age with the creation of the Guitar Backpack which incorporates a speaker/amplifier that connects to any audio player. Made of vegetable-dyed calf leather with a mini speaker placed at the acoustic opening of a guitar. Inner slit and zip pockets along with adjustable shoulder strap complete…

Interactive Haute-Tech fashion

New York City-based interaction designer and teacher Younghui Kim created the ‘Stir-It-On!‘ skirt, an interactive skirt hat reacts to any close encounter on the surface of the skirt such as bumping or touching. Younghui got the inspiration for the ‘Stir It On!’ light effect by bioluminescent bay organisms called ‘Dinoflagellates’, a type of plankton  that…

Zegna high-tech fashion: Freeway Jacket with sparkle

Ermenegildo Zegna, the Italian menswear fashion house known for it’s Sports collection which fuses sport inspired design with urban style and technological innovations is expanding their Technology Style range with the ‘Freeway Jacket‘. The ‘Freeway Jacket’ is designed to improve safety in urban outdoor travel situations. Integrated into the collar is an LED light safety…

Haute Tech from Di Mainstone – ShareWear

Di Mainstone one of the most creative artist/designer of Haute Tech Fashion and currently artist-in-residence at V2 in Rotterdam added a new model to her animated fashion collection: ShareWear, a collaboration of Di Mainstone and a team at V2 Institute for the Unstable Media. Fusing clothing, fashion and function in the ‘zeitgeist’ of shareware, her…

Haute Tech Fashion Jeans

The recently published ‘Keyboard Jeans‘ by designer Erik De Nijs on Yanko Design is adding a new twist to the Interactive Fashion trend which is slowly but steady growing. Sure, the ‘Keyboard Jeans’ are easily labeled as ‘Geeky’ and ‘Nerdy’ pushing form far beyond function but is this not the case with many Haute Couture…