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London based wearable electronic fashion brand CuteCircuit is my favorite wearable tech company. No other brand is as long in this space and is as much dedicated to wearable tech than CuteCircuit. It is not only the pioneering work Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz, owner of CuteCircuit, pull off in fairly regular intervals, they launched…

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Jennifer Darmour, the lady behind Electricfoxy.com not only maintains an interest wearable technology blog she is creating one of the most beautiful, sensible and interesting designs, melting technology into fashion design in a way that makes the technology part of the aesthetics and not an add-on. Ping the social  networking garment was the first of…

Smart Urban Wear – The utope project

Austrian Designer Wolfgang Langeder and the Fraunhofer IZM / Stretchable Circuits in Berlin, have joined forces to develop Smart Urban Wear with focus on an innovative display on clothing. ‘The utope project approaches a textile utopia: The exterior of clothing becomes a display. This creates the possibility to change its surface like a chameleon skin…

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…

Soon people can call your little black M-Dress

Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz, the creative force behind CuteCircuit are pushing the limits of wearable technology far into the future with their recent activities which ranges from illuminated stage-wear for artists to launching their own CuteStore for technology enhanced fashion. In the ‘coming soon…’ section of the store we can find the famous Hug…

iPhone control for our jackets

We all know the iPhone with it’s application variety can control almost anything imaginable. So it was only a matter of time that creative minds made the link to clothing. Artistic designer Alexander Reeder in collaboration with Yutaka Takahashi and Junpei Wada link up the iPhone with a jacket that can contain various modules such…

Emotional Fashion – Wearable Absence

WAb (Wearable Absence) is an interactive garment connecting to a database wireless via a mobile device to enhance the wearers emotional stage with prerecorded memories in audio/visual from. The WAb garment is fitted with a range of senors that detect heart rate and skin conductivity which allow to calculate the stress or relaxed level, excitement…

Breathing as fashion statement

Hilary Hayes, industrial design student at the Ontario College of Art&Design (OCAD) in Toronto created a scarf which features dynamic light pattern depending on your breathing. She got the inspiration for this design from two areas, one being the fact that during winter time when the temperature reaches the freezing point we see our breath…

Intimate Memory clothing

One of the differences between technology and fashion is the way inspiration for new designs are gathered. Technologists get inspired by looking in the distant future of Starwars while fashion designer draw a great deal of inspiration from the past. This is strictly generic speaking and I am not saying fashion designer are working on…

Climate Dress – CO2 sensing fashion

There is a high probability the Climate Dress was made by a Danish cooperation consisting of design studio Diffus, Danish designer Tine M. Jensen, Swiss embroidery company Forster-Rohner, the Danish research-company Alexandra Institute and finally the Danish School of Design. Sadly, the recently broken closed down climate conference COP15 did not come up with any…

Illuminated by wind – Flare Dress

A unique and playful concept, the Flare Dress lights up flower like LED pattern when the wind hugs you gently or, when there is no wind, you can blow on the flower shapes to make the glow. Created by Dutch designer Stijn Ossevoort, the Flare Dress is a excellent example how a bit of electronic…

Wearable Synthesis – let your jacket do the talking

Wearable Synthesis is a project created by Akira Wakita, Motohiro Tanji, Sohei Kitada, Midori Shibutani, Masa Inakage, Hiroko Uchiyama at the Keio University, Japan back in 2005. The concept of ‘Wearable Synthesis’ is based on the perception of clothing as a module which in fact most of our clothing is: layers of different clothing for…

Fairytale eFashion

Fashion Geek Diana Eng started the Fairytale Fashion project with support of Eyebeam with the aim to make magical clothing. Clothes with blooming flowers, clothes that breathe, change color and transform. Diana’s education and experience as fashion designer and research at the University of Bath Mechanical Engineering Dept. enables her to combine technology with fashion…

Innovative, interactive fashion design from Novanex

During my TechTextil visit I had the opportunity for a short talk with Alexandra Baum, owner and general manager of Germany based Novanex, a design company specialized in design, product development and manufacture of innovative textiles. Although her services are across the fashion business in general she has a high interest and years of experience…

Cellphone dress

Georgie Davies, BA student at the London College of Fashion made ‘Fashionable electronic’ headlines last week with the ‘Cellphone dress‘, her winning entry to the Sony Ericsson initiative working with the School of Fashion Design and Technology at the London College of Fashion to explore the relationship between technology and fashion. Sony Ericsson, like many…

Klight – an sparkling, interactive dress

Avantex-Innovation-Award 2009 winner in the category ‘New Fashion’ was ‘Klight‘, a sparkling interactive dress was the highlight during my walk around the TechTextil. Klight is an interactive dress which translates the body’s movement into light, connecting the body with its surroundings. To achieve the effect, a new stretchable circuit board technology, developed by Fraunhofer IZM,…

Anti Paparazzi Fashion

Connecting to our article from yesterday about protecting your privacy from unwanted photo shoots we looked around to see if there are other Paparazzi blocking fashion around. The result: the ‘Anti-Paparazzi Clutch Bag‘ made by Adam Harvey, interactive designer, programmer and photographer in New York City. He created an interactive clutch bag which fires off…

Twitter fashion: TweetShirt

Twitter is the ‘hottest place to be’ at the moment, bringing the virtual and real world closer together than any other system. Tweet whatever is on your mind from your cellphone or notebook in short messages (similar to SMS) to your online community and followers – instantly. The TweetShirt from Stef Verheijen, better know under…

Illuminated, organic dress

Canadian textile artist Marisa Ranalli created an amazing dress resembling deep sea jellyfish fashion with the use of e-textile materials like LilyPad Arduinos, LEDs and nitinol wire (an alloy that changes shape when electricity is applied) to add organic movements and illumination to the dress. Marisa gets her inspirations from her fascination of the inside,…

SWITCH (me on) hoodies from Killa

Interactive Fashion specialist Killa is holding up with our informed forecast last October to launch a firework of cool and gorgeous looking interactive apparel in 2009. The latest collection we got work off – and some first photos – is called ‘SWITCH‘ making it extremely chick to switch your iPod/iPhone or other personal device this…

KILLA fuses interactive textile technology with classic Hip-Hop apparel design

During the recently held Vancouver Fashion Week one of the most advanced interactive fashion brands, KILLA put up an exiting presentation where models took over the runway break dancing, flipping, and doing the worm in their interactive hip-hop apparel. KILLA uses the advanced eSystem interactive garment solution from QIO Systems which allows the wearer to…

Blogging In Motion from your Heart

Fashion Designer Diana Eng‘s curiosity and creativity to combine fashion and technology lead to very interesting interactive fashion concepts that transform clothing and bags into life-recorder. The Heartbeat Hoodie, a concept study in 2006 uses a camera to take photographs at moments of interest or excitement. The camera, strategically placed above the eyes on the…

Salomon Surround Pro Jacket

French mountain sport specialist Salomon is another of the top brands combining their expertise in innovative apparel design for skiing, snowboarding and other mountaineering sport activities with today’s digital lifestyle. The Surround Pro Jacket is a gorgeous looking jacket for snowboarder and skier  that connects to an iPod stored safely inside the jacket while giving…

Haute Tech during New York Fashion Week

Interactive clothing got attention during the recently held New York Fashion Week. Marc Jacobs for example introduced the Fluorescent Winter Fashion collection by testing a more interactive color scheme for high street fashion. Although fluorescent fabrics need UV light to shine brightly, interacting with the ambient environment, it is only a small step to a…

Interactive Fashion collection from Angel Chang

New York-based fashion designer Angel Chang continued her interactive fashion exploration by adding more technology inspired styles to her autumn 2008 collection. After graduation Angel Chang started working as a design assistant at Donna Karan Collection and collaborated in the design studios of Viktor & Rolf and Marc Jacobs before she launched her own design…

e-Textile Lego: bYOB

A team of very creative people developed back in 2004 a kind of e-Textile Lego: the bYOB (build Your Own Bag) concept which essentially consists of a set of intelligent fabric patches that can be combined to form different bags or other fashion accessories. The different, smart fabric patches contain different functions like different Lego…

Zegna Freeway JKT

Zegna‘s Spring/Summer 2009 Sport collection fuses sport inspired design with urban style and technological innovations. Innovative design and performances are the DNA to the Zegna Sport ethos which has seen in the past seasons gorgeous looking jackets with iPod and Bluetooth controls or Solar panels in the collar to get some extra juice for cell-phones….

Can interactive clothing reduce cell-phone or iPod robberies?

‘More straphangers are getting robbed‘ is the headline of a recent article in the Metro, a free daily newspaper many of our readers in NY, Boston and Philadelphia will read while riding the train. ‘Straphanger’, according Wikipedia, is a nickname for a standing subway or bus passenger who grips a hanging strap or an overhead…