Wearable technology - the next hot fashion trend

on Tuesday,February 10,2009 21:02


There are signs that, following the example of many other industries, fashion design may be turning to advanced technologies to make their products more attractive.

Contrary to when one may think at first, technology will not just inspire fashion - it will be a part of it. Computer chips, LEDs, solar panels, may all one day become part of our wardrobe, according to a special report for the Christian Science Monitor.

This may sound like science fiction still - clothes that interact with owners to warm or cool them, for example - but fashion designers and engineers collaborate these days in ways that were unheard of until recently.

Given the prevalence and popularity of Blackberries, iPhones, iPods, and other gadgets, Tiffany Holmes, chair of the art and technology department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, sees fashion marrying technology as a natural step.

"Fashion is about the latest trends and styles, so it really makes a lot of sense this is happening now," she told the Monitor, adding, "One of the things about Western culture is, if we have access to information that is deliverable to our bodies, we will want that. Changes in clothing are not that far off."

The next step may be for art and design schools to start offering courses in interactive fashion. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago already offers classes on wearable technology.
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