WEARABLE TECH & FASHION


Anouk Wipprecht

Anouk Wipprecht

I just came back from a 3 day conference in San Francisco on SMART FABRICS & WEARABLE TECH.  This is just a sampling of some of the work that I found there.  There was SO much more.  Here is a link to the conference itself http://www.smartfabricsconference.com/smart-fabrics-2014-in-san-francisco.aspx

For info on what Art Center College of Design is doing with Wearable Tech http://artcenter.edu/dot/wearables.php

 

Here are some thoughts on Relating Tech back to Fashion

Julia Koerner in collaboration with Iris van Herpen and 3-D printing Co. Materialize

Julia Koerner in collaboration with Iris van Herpen and 3-D printing Co. Materialize

Vuzix Corp. - Smart Glasses

Vuzix Corp. – Smart Glasses

1. The future of manufacturing

  • Wearables: the first native industry of the new manufacturing

  • 3-D printing, intelligent robotics, digital parts, open source design, active supply chain, blue tooth connections to devices.

  • In 10 years 3-D Printing will be 90% cheaper

  • Robotics already 90% cheaper than in 2005

  • Shift to regional factories – small-simple-local

  • This means that the trend of fashion manufacturing returning to LA should increase.

  • The order in which designers do business – Sell it before you make it.

    • build a team, dream it, draw it, sell it, make it, ship it (from Sonny Vu, MisFit Wearables)

 

Flexible OLEDs - Universal Display Corp.

Flexible OLEDs – Universal Display Corp.

2. Shift in concept approach and terminology as it relates to Fashion.

  • Terminology – “Elegant” refers to invisible and light weight

  • purpose of wearables – but what order will these need to be in for Fashion Industry?

    • Self expression – aesthetics/fashion/elegant

    • Utilitarian – comfort & protection – (new) washable

    • Identity – brand or tribe association

    • New – its useful

    • New – data

Elastolite - EL lighting - Oryon Technologies

Elastolite – EL lighting – Oryon Technologies

3. What is needed for Fashion

  • ability to use textiles as a platform for sensor

  • improved for touch, fabric weight, drape, stretch, wash-ability

  • convenience risk of overwhelming the user with technologies

  • battery size and weight

  • improved materials for 3-D printers

  • what about high end customers fixation on “luxury” materials?

  • Eco fashion and 3-D printing…what materials, recycling issues?

 

 

Janet Hansen, Enlighted Designs - Smart RGB LED Pixel Systems for Wearables.

Janet Hansen, Enlighted Designs – Smart RGB LED Pixel Systems for Wearables.

4. Speakers I was most interested in

  • Flexible OLEDs – Dr. Mike Hack – Universal Display Corp.

  • Anouk Wipprecht – Couture – also her association with AutoDesk – Pier 9 – SF

  • Julia Koerner – Suprastudio, UCLA – collaborations with Matierialize and Iris van Herpen

  • Sonny Vu – MisFit Wearables – Getting a Wearable Product to Market

  • Paul Brody – IBM – open souce design and 3-D printers.

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About Justine Limpus Parish

Associate Professor - Art Center College of Design apparel design - Product Design Dept. costume design - Entertainment Design Dept Fashion Instructor: Mt San Antonio College Workshop instructor: Disney Consumer Products
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5 Responses to WEARABLE TECH & FASHION

  1. Joanell says:

    Justine, this is fascinating, thanks for posting. Wow

  2. JoAnn Stabb says:

    > Hi Justine – > Thank you, thank you! I so appreciate receiving all this ³Smart Fabrics & > Wearable Tech² conference info! Here I live just across the SF Bay from this > event, and I couldn¹t get there! So this is definitely the next best thing. > I¹ve been following the bits and pieces that are swirling around all of these > developments, but this is definitely the most ³comprehensive coverage² I¹ve > had about it all. > Thanks for your generosity ­ and for the extra effort in sharing this > information! Wonderful! > Warmest regards, > Jo Ann Stabb > > * * * * * * > Justine Limpus Parish posted: ” I just came back from a 3 day conference in > San Francisco on SMART FABRICS & WEARABLE TECH.  This is just a sampling of > some of the work that I found there.  There was SO much more.  Here is a link > to the conference itself http://www.smartfabricsc” >

  3. Linda Hanson says:

    Hi Cuz – What interesting ideas!! Now if someone could figure out how to put sensory input into fabric to help the disabled.

  4. i recieved the most beautiful silk colorful top from a friend the label says Justine then textile art artwear. I can’t find anything about this. did you design this piece? i would be glad to send a photo. im just going crazy. I just love the top is silk but its very crumbled looking and streches. thank you for your time. debbie suegardner@gmail.com

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