fashion and technology

Late 19th-century photo

Fashion – a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, accessories.

fashion tech – What does fashion lack? “Microcontrollers” according to Dutch based fashiontech designer and innovator Anouk Wipprecht. As she is working in the emerging field of “fashion-tech”; a combination of fashion design combined with engineering, science and interaction/user experience design, she creates tech-enhanced designs bringing together fashion and technology in an unusual way. She creates technological couture; with systems around the body that tend towards artificial intelligence; projected as ‘host’ systems on the human body, her designs move, breath, and react to the environment around them.

Fashion industry – By the beginning of the 20th century—with new technologies such as the sewing machine, the development of the factory system of production, and department stores—clothing was being mass-produced in standard sizes and sold at fixed prices.

  • the production of raw materials, principally fibers and textiles but also leather and fur
  • the production of fashion goods by designers, manufacturers, contractors, and others
  • retail sales

Fashion Engineering – in-depth knowledge about contemporary materials for fashion products; methods and tools for materials and garments properties and quality investigation, assessment and prediction; fashion trends development and fashion collections design; digital technologies in clothing production; about eco-clothing engineering and international clothing production; about technical creation processes and innovation protection.

  • I, Fashion: How technology is changing the way we dress – apps to “try on” clothing, selecting best “look” and colors, helping retails and manufactures size clothes and understand how buyers are wearing items.
  • From Electric Corsets to Self-Cleaning Pants – The Materials Science and Engineering of Textiles – Changes are occurring at the most basic level of textile manufacturing: in the fibers that are wound into yarns that are woven into fabrics that are dyed and made into clothing.



  • dresses, gowns – construction, figure enhancement



  • cycling – wind, visibility
  • winter sports – skiing, snowboarding – warmth, range of motion

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Meet a fashion engineer

  • Nere Emiko – After graduating in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon in 2003, she worked as an engineer for Freescale Semiconductor. While she loved her job, she eventually was drawn back to the fashion world through the problem-solving approach of engineering. “The way I started doing wedding dresses was that I saw a need,” says Emiko. “I thought, ‘I can meet this need.’ It was just like with engineering where, if you see a problem, you try to fix it.” The need she was interested in meeting was for custom wedding dresses.
  • Goji Lin studied to be a mechanical engineer, but is now one of Taiwan’s most famous fashion designers, known for his over-the-top — but still sexy — creations

Engineering ideas

  • sewing machine, factory, textiles, mass-production, distribution, manufacturing, fiber, methods, tools, inspection, quality

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