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On Teaching: Integrating Wearable Tech into Fashion Curriculum

In 2009, Sabine Seymour, the CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Moondial, described fashion technology as “…the intersection of design, fashion, science and technology” (Seymour, 2009). With the continual advances in this area, it does not appear fashion technology is not going away. Clothing has incorporated electronic fibers and nanotechnology. Several wearable-tech accessories have been marketed, tested and are still being developed (Tortora, 2015). For …

London Fashion Umbrella: Adam Harvey – Stealth Wear

This week sees the opening of an intriguing exhibition featuring work conceived and designed by Adam Harvey. The work promises to address issues of privacy, surveillance, convenience and protection through dress. For more information see the exhibition description and links below: Enter PRIMITIVE Jan 17 for Privacy Mode, an unveiling of new counter surveillance fashions from New York-based artist Adam Harvey. Building off previous work …

The Triangle Factory Fire and the Living Issue of Labor

In the current climate of rampant, high-profile antisemitism (Galiano, Gibson, etc.), war on unions (Wisconsin), and the attack of women’s health rights, the centennial anniversary of the tragic Triangle Factory fire of 1911 seems eerily apropos. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire was a tragic culmination of long standing inadequate fire and safety codes, and American willful ignorance of the exploitation of the immigrant / Jewish …

Bathing Suits, Technology and Morality

(This is an updated version of the original post.) In weather like this (namely, 90+ degrees, little-to-no wind, and me without air conditioning), beachy escapes are on everyone’s mind. Following is a rough timeline of how women have historically bared their flesh — or not — to enjoy the sand and sun. Classical Times In Classical antiquity swimming and bathing was most often done nude; …

The Politics of Mannequins, part I

I happened to run across an old issue of Hue, FIT’s alumni magazine, and read a surprisingly interesting article on “The Life and Times of Mannequins” by Alex Joseph. Though I have not previously studied dress forms in depth, I have been mistaken for a mannequin (I spaced out in a flu-induced frozen position while waiting for a friend when another customer hilariously reached out …

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