3 Pieces of Wearable Technology to See at MakeFashion

Among the 28 pieces to grace the catwalk, there will be dancewear fitted with accelerometres, dresses with motion sensors and kimonos decorated with LED lights.



Medusa Fabulosa by Angela Dale for MakeFashion 2014.

Photo by Edward Ross photography.

 

MakeFashion, a wearable technology fashion show and gala, returns on March 28. Cutting-edge fashion meets innovative technology at this event. Previous garments showcased include a chameleon cocktail dress, a programmable tie and textiles that change colour and pattern in response to sound, sun or water.

This year, there will be 28 garments on the runway that have been created by a team of more than 40 designers and engineers. 

Here are three pieces of wearable technology to admire at the gala this year. (Also watch out for the Absolut dress and gorgeous covers for prosthetics designed by special guest Alleles.)

Tribal Tech

Designer: Angela Dale

From: Calgary

How it works:

Angela Dale describes this concept as “tribal fusion belly dance meets modern technology.” The decorative elements of this piece were created using a fabric marbling technique, which Dale then photographed and manipulated digitally. The dress monitors the dancer’s movements using accelerometres. Once the accelerometres are activated, the LED lights are then activated throughout the costume. Even the headdress, neckpiece and belt are connected wirelessly and light up. The dress can be controlled through the wearer’s smartphone. 

This piece is revealed for the first time at MakeFashion. Dale showcased her piece Medusa Fabulosa at last year’s event. 

Illuminated kimonos 

Designer: Erina Kashihara

From: Japan

How it works:

Kashihara has created wearable light accessories and dresses since 1985. For MakeFashion, she showcases two illuminated kimonos that highlight the beauty of this traditional piece of clothing. The kimonos also glow with the lights reacting with the clothing’s folding fan movement. Kashihara says her work explores the theme of humans living their life.

Kashihara’s work was showcased at MakeFashion last year too. 

Strokes&Dots 

Designer: Valerie Lamontagne

​From: Montreal

How it works:

Valerie Lamontagne, from Montreal-based wearable technology atelier 3lectromode, showcases a few pieces of work that have a variety of technological features. The designs, which are from her Strokes&Dots collection, have a number of embroidered LED lights, motion sensors or light sensors. The sensors recognize the wearer’s movements and react to external fluctuations. The collection was inspired by Modernist representations of speed, art and technology and created using rapid prototyping technologies including digital textile printing.

The pieces are made from digitally printed silk, electronic hardware and hand-embroidered soft and hard circuits.  

3lectromode: Strokes&Dots [3S&D] - 2013 from 3lectromode on Vimeo.

 

MakeFashion takes place on March 28 at Telus Spark Science Centre, 220 St George’s Dr. N.E., makefashion.ca

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