Wearable technology is starting to trend in the Fashion Industry as many new inventions have been produced over the last few years. It’s not before long that this trend will start spreading like wildflowers and pop up in the fast fashion stores as well as higher end. “Shirts that light up with LED ads. Textiles with embedded temperature sensors. Athletic gear that changes color to show the intensity of an athlete’s workout. Technology is not just for your desktop anymore; it has the potential to infiltrate your closet.” (Wilson, 2008) The technology that has been combined with fashion is simply genius and definitely has some major benefits. Lets take health and fitness for example, by using the new technology in many brands of tennis shoes, they can actually track how many calories you’ve burned throughout the day as well as how many miles you have walked. Another great example of how technology fashion can help improve health is the amazing electrode suit that helps with nerve disorders. “The electrode suit is designed for individuals suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s and various other nerve disorders.” (Williams, 2012) It blows my mind that there is something you can physically wear that will help improve the symptoms to these diseases. It may not be very fashionable looking but I would definitely wear it, if it helped my illness. “When Katy Perry lit up the red carpet at the Met Gala in her LED-paneled gown last week, she really got one over Rihanna and Lady Gaga, her fashion-boundary-pushing popstrel peers.” (Berigin, 2010) This shows that technology fashion is a trickle down theory as it starts with the stars and higher hierarchy and works its way down. It is also very expensive but as I stated above we will be seeing this trend lower end stores soon enough. Technology is a huge part of our lives today and it only makes sense that it converges with fashion as I think they can do great things together.
Wilson, A. (2008). Fashion tech. Retrieved from http://www.pcworld.com/article/150971/wearing_tech_where_fashion_meets_technology.html
Williams, S. (2012). Elektrodress. Retrieved from http://www.fashioningtech.com/profiles/blogs/elektrodress-an-electrode-suit-for-treatment-of-nerve-disorders
Berigin, O. (2010). Is ‘wearable technolog’y the future of fashion?. Retrieved from http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/article/TMG7710379/Is-wearable-technology-the-future-of-fashion.html