When I first launched at London Fashion Week
, my collection of brain scan-inspired knitwear was divisive, with many thinking fashion should keep its nose out of science, or vice versa.
But there was also an element of fascination for the process of translating medical scans (from my previous career as a radiographer) into knitwear. I was inspired by the beauty and graphic strength I saw in CT and MRI scans, and felt they should be used to make a statement about the internal beauty of the human race.
My interpretation of fashion tech was aesthetic, but devising a way to translate digital brain scans into programmable files compatible with industrial knitting machines sat firmly in the lap of tech. For me, science, technology and fashion aren’t only complimentary: their fusion is beautiful and explosive.
The state of affairs
Fast forward to 2016, and fashion tech has taken on a whole new meaning with a scope beyond what I had imagined. It’s a growing sector with vast potential, but we don’t really know what exactly it encompasses.
Is it the Fitbit x Tory Burch
collaboration? Unlikely, as Fitbit have just sold off their inventory.
Is it the Nokia smartphone dress
by experimental fashion designers Fyodor Golan
, which was scene stealing during London Fashion Week in 2014?
Or is it the Nike Flyknit
trainers, made using digital knitting techniques that reduce waste and simplify the production process?
Could it even be Uniqlo’s Heat Tech tops
— the lightweight, super-warm wardrobe staple?
This is where fashion tech begins to look like a solution to an as yet undefined problem.
Ask any fashion designer their opinion of fashion tech, and most will mention gimmicks, gadgets and hard, cold sensibility.
My standpoint as a technophile has always been warmer than this, but creating a credible and desirable fashion product lies with technology enhancing and elevating the design, whilst remaining invisible.
Tech is an enabler, a powerful tool with which to enhance and excite. It is not the end product, at least where fashion is concerned.
Full article: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/06/21/fashion/london-technology-week-fashion/
Fashion and science collide at London Technology Week