Like every industry, the fashion world has been greatly impacted by technology. From innovations throughout history like the cotton gin and sewing machines to new trends like wearable technology and performance fabrics, the way we make, wear, and consume fashion changes considerably with every new season.
New technology is poised to help the fashion industry become one of the most innovative fields in existence. Here’s a look at some technology trends that are shaping today’s fashions.
From Google Glass to the Apple Watch, wearable tech is an emerging trend that is especially popular with millennials and other early adopters. In 2014, 1 out of 5 Americans owned at least one wearable tech product. Some of the most popular devices include activity tracker wristbands like those made by Fitbit and Jawbone, and smartwatches like the Pebble and Apple Watch. 2016 is bound to see growth in other, more futuristic wearable technologies like virtual reality headsets and smart eyewear. There’s no doubt that wearable tech will continue to be one of the most popular trends in fashion as its uses and possibilities expand.
Jewelry that make a fashion statements and serves a purpose is also becoming more popular. While activity trackers look more at home in the gym than on a night out, new companies are cropping up to offer fashion-forward pieces that do more than just count your steps. One of the leaders in the space, CUFF, aims to keep women safe and connected even when they don’t have direct access to their phones. Their stylish bracelets can instantly alert friends and family in case of an emergency. There are also smart jewelry options that use a combination of colors and vibrations to alert the wearer to important notifications, messages, or calls.
In 2013, entertainer Dita von Teese made history when she wore the first 3D printed gown designed by Michael Schmidt and Francis Bitonti. Based on the Fibonacci sequence, the gown was created as a 3D model and then printed in nylon as 17 separate parts. Today, 3D printing is growing in popularity in the fashion industry, as fashion school students and high-end designers alike are embracing the technology. The next step? For at-home fashion designers to create their own garments using 3D printing.
Also known as e-textiles, smart fabrics are designed to provide added value to the wearer. Whether that’s in the form of providing feedback on your health or protecting you from extreme environmental conditions you’d find in space, smart fabrics are just beginning to become mainstream. Another recent development in this field is solar-powered clothing and accessories. From solar-powered backpacks to jackets designed to charge your smartphone, it’s exciting to see the innovation in energy production extending to the fashion world. The endless possibilities of smart fabrics make it easy for anyone to get excited about the future of fashion.
Fashion is just one of many industries that is evolving quicker than ever thanks to rapidly changing technology. We can’t wait to see what the next generation of fashion designers create!