Clothes that respond to the environment and garments that come off a 3-D printer ready to wear—all of these innovations are poised to have a profound impact on the future of the fashion industry.
Called “#techstyle”, the show, until 10 July 2016 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), the show explores how technology is impacting fashion, from design to manufacturing, and also examines the way people interact with their clothing. The exhibition focuses on the merging of fashion and technology –clothes that respond to the environment, fabrics patterned by lasers, dresses that you can tweet, and ready-to-wear garments that come off a 3D printer.
The Boston show will include 60 pieces, from dresses that move independently from the wearer to leather capes that change colour in response to light, heat and wind.
Thirty-two designers from around the world will be represented, including Neri Oxman, Alexander McQueen, Viktor & Rolf and Iris van Herpen.
The exhibition will also present new methods for creating sustainable textiles.
Traditional ways of processing natural fibres, weaving cloth and dyeing are among the world's most wasteful manufacturing processes, making sustainability an important goal for many designers and manufacturers. Many of today's designers, actively seek out collaborations with scientists and engineers to apply new technologies in digital media, sustainability and even biotech to their work. At the same time, scientists and engineers have embraced fashion pushing the boundaries of manufacturing and design.
Fashion designers have embraced these innovations and “#techstyle” explores how the synergy between fashion and technology is not only changing the way designers design, but also the way people interact with their clothing.