It’s all about wearable technology these days! And with good reason. This new wave of fancy gadgets and smart jewellery pieces can make anyone feel like James Bond – cool, smart and stylish at the same time. But as with all accessories – glasses, bracelets, necklaces, watches etc., they’re meant to enhance an outfit or fulfill any other tech task without hindering the wearer’s comfort. The comfort task is usually left to clothing. So, it’s only natural to think that this entire tech “rage” would get round clothes, right? Wrong! Here come the smart fabrics. And they’re invading the runways!
Lately, more and more designers have started to integrate smart fabrics into their runway collections. Remember CuteCircuit’s runway show at the NY Fashion Week 2014, where the models could control what their dresses would look like through their mobile phones? Here’s glimpse of it:
But what exactly are smart fabrics?
They are textiles developed to integrate technology that provides new value to the wearer, such as instant connection to the world wide web, or fabrics made with new technologies, such as 3D printing, which allow designers to get their collections done so much faster.
The list of benefits that these emerging materials can provide is long, but the truth is that most of them are still in the experimental phase. However, the potential they have is huge. Here are two prototypes of “smart” garments that look promising: the Wi-fi onsie and the 3D-printed gown.
As technology is bound to change the way we live, it will most certainly change the way we dress, forever. It’s only a question of time.
How long do you think it will take for this runway #fashiontech trend to be adopted by the masses? Would you wear a suit that acts as a hot-spot or a colour-changing dress?