Fashion in Flux @ YOMO, Shanghai

CFB recently cur­ated a fash­ion tech show for the Youth Mobile Fest­ival, aka YOMO, in our homet­own Shang­hai.

YOMO is a part of the Mobile World Con­gress, and the organ­iz­a­tion wanted to inform and inspire youth in China about how fash­ion and tech­no­logy are not only inter­re­lated but also mutu­ally bene­fi­cial in the evol­u­tion of both indus­tries.

CFB thus scoured the plan­et for some of the most inter­est­ing fash­ion tech avail­able. There are many amaz­ing ideas that are cur­rently cir­cu­lat­ing, but we also found out that most of them have not yet been put into prac­tice… but in the end, we found 7 design­ers from Aus­tralia, Iran, Por­tugal, Bur­ma, the US, the UK, and of course China that we thought all offered some­thing unique in this dia­logue between fash­ion and tech­no­logy.

So here is a roundup of pic­tures from the design­ers we fea­tured, as well as the videos we made !

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Con­tent is a loc­al brand foun­ded by an archi­tect-turned-design­er called Zero. The design­er has col­lab­or­ated with many artists and com­pan­ies in order to push the bound­ar­ies of fash­ion, and for this col­lec­tion she worked with Swarovski to cre­ate pieces that truly dazzled the audi­ence. This col­lec­tion is clearly inspired by the beau­ty of tech­no­logy and mother­boards in par­tic­u­lar, and we would love to see the next iter­a­tion integ­rate with some sort of func­tion­al tech­no­logy.

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Steven Oo

Did you know that fash­ion inven­ted com­put­ing ? Punch cards from Jacquard Looms auto­mated weav­ing pat­terns and were sim­il­ar to punch cards later used in the 20th cen­tury for data input, out­put, and stor­age. Punch cards were inven­ted in 1745 by Jac­ques de Vaucan­son, while the Jacquard Loom itself wasn’t inven­ted until 1804. 80 years later, Her­man Hollerith filed a pat­ent for an elec­tro-mech­nic­al device that could read inform­a­tion encoded on punch cards ; this tech lead to the found­ing of the Tab­u­lat­ing Machine Co. which even­tu­ally became IBM.

Now com­puters have returned the favor to fash­ion, auto­mat­ing and actu­al­iz­ing com­plex pat­terns for wovens and knits, and knit­wear archi­tect Steven Oo is at the fore­front of knit­wear tech­no­logy and innov­a­tions. His knit­wear was com­pared to sculp­ture by the New York Times and the design­er is well-known in the industry for his artist­ic, archi­tec­tur­al approach to knit­wear.

While most knit­wear is flat or 2-dimen­sion­al, Steven Oo designs in 3 dimen­sions, giv­ing depth and struc­ture to his work. He con­stantly exper­i­ments with new tech­niques and machines to cre­ate futur­ist­ic knit­wear that is beau­ti­fully con­struc­ted thanks to mod­ern tech­no­logy. How­ever, the repe­ti­tion in his work cre­ates mes­mer­iz­ing pat­terns that, although cre­ated by machines, also have an organ­ic qual­ity to them.

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Nasim Sehat

Nas­im Sehat is an archi­tect and con­cept design­er born and raised in Iran. Her works are inspired by naïve art and min­im­al­ism.

Her col­lec­tion of 3D prin­ted eye­wear with detach­able spec­tacles is the res­ult of the close exam­in­a­tion of cos­mo­pol­it­an needs to express and chal­lenge indi­vidu­al­ity. Nasim’s abstract notion of fash­ion is always present in her designs, and derives from pop­ular cul­ture, music and com­ic books, vil­lains and super­her­oes.

Biz Eyes is com­posed of a base frame made from a sturdy trans­par­ent res­in where you can attach a series of dif­fer­ent 3D prin­ted spec­tacles that range from ovals to spikes to geo­met­ric­al com­pos­i­tions and more. Thanks to the inter­lock­ing joints, an easy exchange of styles can be made by turn­ing them 25 degrees and screw­ing another pair on. Biz Eyes gives the user a chance to adapt and change, inter­pret and rein­ter­pret, express and explore them­selves through the use of an access­ory that has become vital in our cos­mo­pol­it­an lives.

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Kasia Molga

Kasia Mol­ga is a media artists/​designer/​environmentalist and cre­at­ive coder who works at the inter­sec­tion of art, sci­ence, design and tech­no­logy. Through her prac­tice she exam­ines changes in our per­cep­tion and rela­tion­ship with the plan­et in the con­text of cli­mate change and unfore­seen futures in this increas­ingly tech­no­lo­gic­ally medi­ated world.

She cre­ates inter­act­ive, par­ti­cip­at­ory and immers­ive visu­al and spa­tial exper­i­ences and nar­rat­ives, often using Open Source and Hard­ware tech­no­lo­gies and tech­niques, bespoke elec­tron­ics, user inter­faces and code.

Her pro­ject “Human Sensor” exam­ines breath­ing as an inter­face between the envir­on­ment and our inner-selves (“invir­on­ment”), high­light­ing our own bod­ies as the sensor for dia­gnos­ing the con­di­tion and thus health of our sur­round­ings.

Con­cep­tu­ally, this suit not only detects pol­lu­tion, but also visu­al­izes harm­ful par­tic­u­late mat­ter.

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Human Sensor was com­mis­sioned and pro­duced by Invis­ible Dust.

Imperial Motion

Imper­i­al Motion uses a spe­cial fab­ric called Nano Cure Tech.

It is a spe­cially-treated rip­stop with self-heal­ing cap­ab­il­it­ies when small punc­tures or tears occur. Simply rub your fin­gers over the punc­ture for a few seconds and your clothes are as good as new !

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Paula Cheng

Paula Cheng is a New-York based fash­ion design­er and entre­pren­eur, work­ing primar­ily in knit­wear.

This col­lec­tion is entitled “The Beast With­in”, and is sim­ul­tan­eously soft and strong, struc­tured and organ­ic. Long threads are jux­ta­posed with chunky, tight knits that give the pieces depth.

Paula is a gradu­ate of the inaug­ur­al class of the Fash­ion Design and Soci­ety MFA pro­gram at Par­sons the New School for Design, where she spe­cial­ized in research-based designs, decon­struct­ive knit­wear and com­plex free-form drap­ing. Dur­ing her ten­ure at the MFA pro­gram, she was the win­ner of the Alex­an­der McQueen : Sav­age Beau­ty com­pet­i­tion and a final­ist at the Feel the Yarn Com­pet­i­tion in Florence.

She con­tin­ues to exper­i­ment with new tech­no­lo­gies and fab­rics, and is one of the most innov­at­ive knit­wear design­ers in the world.

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Thread­smiths makes the last t-shirt you’ll ever need to buy.

These pieces are hydro­phobic, which means it is not only water-res­ist­ant but also stain res­ist­ant. Upon con­tact with this spe­cial mater­i­al, liquids simply roll off, leav­ing your clothes clean and dry.

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For more information on YOMO, check out their website