Technology and fashion industries have undergone a lot of transition through the years. The common thing between them is that they grow together. A glance at the two industries’ past and present advances shines a light on what lies ahead in the future.
Fashion and Music Tech
The 70s boombox enabled users to travel with their favorite tunes and listen to radio stations. It had two cassette decks that made it possible for users to play music on one side and record on the other. In the 80s, due to its continued use, the boombox was added to movie story lines thus adding to the popularity of the carrying one. The Walkman was later invented in the 90s, and ten years later the iPod was released. The popularity in which such technology grows is considered fashionable.
Synthesis of Fashion
The synthesis of fashion and technology is happening presently. Creating stylish and functional apparel is every fashion designers delight, and technology makes this possible. Technology brings a higher standard of functionality and novelty. According to Anouk Wipprecht, a Dutch designer, technology is like a playground where one experiments and gets rewarded with endless possibilities. Anouk is renowned for her experimental designs. She has created the self-painting dress called pseudomorphs and a Dare Droid (a drink-making dress).
Creating Functional Fashion Using Tech
Though it may not be fashionable to wear bike protection, Terese Alstin and Haupt created an airbag for cyclists, which pops out of a specially-designed neckwear to protect one’s head in a crash. The neckwear has good visibility of the surroundings when not opened which is advantageous over wearing a helmet. Frontline gloves, designed by Kevin Cannon and Rajan Ashwin, could offer excellent protection to firefighters. The gloves allow them to communicate through simple hand gestures.
Recycling materials are also being used by designers to come up with fabulous fashions. Inner tubes of bicycles were recycled by SegraSegra to create jackets and t-shirts. Recycled radiator coppers were employed by Emma Whiteside to come up with a beautiful gown.
Chris Burch is the proprietor of Burch Creative Capital. He has been an active investor and entrepreneur across a wide range of industries for nearly forty years. His investments have played a huge role in increasing technologies and luxury brands in the United States.
Burch began his entrepreneurial career while still an undergraduate student at Ithica College. He started Eagles Eye Apparel with his brother and had grown it into a $165 million brand before they sold it. The entrepreneur believes in diversifying his investment portfolios. He has real estate investments in New York, Florida (Palm Beach), Argentina, and Indonesia (Nihiwatu). He is also philanthropic in nature with donations to numerous causes like The Sumba Foundation and NYU Langone.