You might have heard that the Met Gala happened earlier this month (the first Monday in May!). The theme for this year’s gala, and the corresponding Costume Institute exhibit, was “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.” Several celebrities and designers went all out with the tech side of the theme and created couture gowns with embedded wearable technology. I wanted to take a closer look at some of the tech used in creating these gowns.adafruit, flora, ibm, IoT, met gala
Molecule Shoe created by Francis Bitonti Studio
As noted in my previous post, I visited an exhibit at the Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator (BF+DA) called “Cloud-Couture: The Intimate Connection Between Fashion and Technology.” The exhibit displayed wearable technology examples such as accessories that could be used to monitor body movement for NASA, the Navigate jacket from Wearable Experiments, and athletic body metric wear from Hexoskin. The exhibit also featured new techniques for creating clothing and accessories like 3D printed shoes from Francis Bitonti Studio, DryDye (see my previous post), embroidered LEDs and electronics from Forster Rohner, and new computer programs such as virtual draping by CLO3D to reduce fabric waste during design.
Biocouture Ltd, photo © The Next Black, AEG.
Tuesday, February 3rd, I had the opportunity to attend a screening of “The Next Black” at the Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator (BF+DA). The film – created by Electrolux AEG, the appliance manufacturing company – was described as “a film about the Future of Clothing” and was part of a pre-fashion week exhibit at the BF+DA called “Cloud Couture: The Intimate Connection Between Fashion and Technology.”