A purse that charges your phone; a dress that moves with you, and one with wings. In 2016, fashion and technology have never been more connected.
Showcasing works by 30 emerging and established designers, #techstyle, the current exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, displays the narrowing gap between what we wear and how we live.
The exhibit opens to an introduction of #techstyle, a fashion revolution, and notable industry pioneers’ works, including the late Alexander McQueen and Rei Kawakubo, before splitting into theProduction and Performance wings.
“We’re trying to present both the present and future of fashion,” said Michelle Finamore, a curator at the MFA, in a New York Times article. “These new technologies are having an effect not only on the way designers design, but also on the way we interact with our garments.”
The Production wing showed how new technologies influence garment production, with a heavy focus on 3D printing and plugging your device into your outfit.
Avery Dennison RBIS’ brand partner Mary Katrantzou’s Expandit dress lit up a corner of the space. Made of printed silk twill embroidered with beads, the Expandit dress is a dive into digital printing, designed on the computer with Katrantzou’s custom layout builds that work to fit the garment.
An iconic piece from the collection, Iris van Herpen’s and Neri Oxman’s Anthozoa 3D-print cape and skirt is a first made from both hard and soft materials, with a nature-inspired look created from the most advanced printing technology.