The best way to predict the future, is to create it
THE FASHION INDUSTRY AT A GLANCE
Historically, fashion was inspired by people with access to runway fashion shows and trend shows. These venues were primarily restricted to designers, buyers and other fashion managers. However from 1999 onwards, fashion shows and catwalks became a public phenomenon, where photographs of the recent fashion shows could be seen everywhere on the internet. Over the years, the rapid thirst for the latest fashions on the runway, and into your closet has changed how companies handle business. Fast Fashion was born, and has significantly evolved over the last 10 years, changing the apparel industry.
The Risks of Fast Fashion: The desire for making a low cost garment, with flexibility in design, quality, and speed to market has become a full blown vicious cycle.
Fashion Industry Today
The era of fast fashion is currently undergoing a change, along with the values of a new generation. It is becoming more tech- and sustainability-focused, with new sustainable processes and manufacturing methods.
As Millennial’s & Gen Z become more educated and aware of how fast fashion is affecting the planet, consumers needs are different, and new trends are being born. We have become increasingly fixated on advanced personalized products that promote better lifestyle & living. Its about quality over quantity. Advanced functional materials are on the rise.
The creators of fashion have responded to the changing dynamics of the fashion industry. Designers are teaming up with Engineers and Scientists to reinvent materials.
F.I.T & M.I.T collaboration
Leaders in fashion, Science, and Technology came together in a workshop aimed to lead the fashion industry to a more socially conscious future with advanced materials. I was honored to be a participant in this this two week workshop; one week at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the second week at Fashion Institute of Technology.
During our week in Boston, we explored clothing concepts using advanced functional materials and 3D printing technologies, which are evolving quickly, unlocking new possibilities within fashion design. The workshop also provided insights for design entrepreneurship, and creating a viable business.
To create a sense of community among the participants, The Looks Backpack was introduced and used by us. It is a networking tool and a form of communication that we utilized throughout the week. By pointing your phone (LOOking) at another’s LOOks pack, you can connect to that person’s profile, which Includes information that will help you understand who they are… Photos, favorite song, motto for the day, website and social media! You can also send gifts such as coffee through the app. It is the future of communication ! We had the chance to design individualized QR codes for our backpacks. (Mine is Above)
In order to imagine the future together, we must understand fashion’s past.
During our week at FIT, We had a peak into FIT’s Special Collections archives. Special Collections acquires, preserves, and provides access to a wide range of primary research materials in their original formats and across many languages and geographical spectra; formats include print and digital forms .
While in New York City, we visited WGSN, a leading trend forecasting and analysis service. Utilized advanced pattern making technologies such as Browzewear, and also met with innovative tech companies that are on the forefront of 3d printing, and design.
At FIT we worked in the Knitwear Lab and acquired new skills, using the Stoll Knitting Machine.
Leaving this workshop, we were all inspired to continue the collaboration between FIT and MIT. Putting together our talents is truly the future of fashion design.