Clothes that respond to the environment, fabrics that are “grown,” dresses you can tweet, and garments that come off a 3-D printer ready to wear—all of these innovations are poised to have a profound impact on the future of fashion. #techstyle (March 5–July 10, 2016) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), examines how the synergy between fashion and technology is not only changing the way designers design, but also the way people interact with their clothes.
The exhibition begins with a look at how established designers such as Hussein Chalayan, Alexander McQueen, Issey Miyake and Rei Kawakubo have been at the forefront of the fashion/technology nexus. The rest of the show is organized into two themes, Production and Performance, and draws on the MFA’s collection of contemporary fashion and accessories, as well as an array of loans from around the world. Key pieces from innovators in the field include a digitally printed dress from Alexander McQueen’s final collection (Fall/Winter 2010/2011) and Iris Van Herpen’s 3-D printed dress (2013), produced in collaboration with MIT designer and assistant professor Neri Oxman. Visitors can experience the cutting edge of high-tech fashion with special commissions created by Hussein Chalayan, CuteCircuit and Cambridge-based Nervous System.
Presented with generous support from the Fashion Council and The Coby Foundation, Ltd. Additional support from the David and Roberta Logie Fund for Textile and Fashion Arts and the Consulate General of Israel to New England.
Fairchild Books, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, is developing two subscription websites to help fashion and design students. Questions 1-8 ask about our online career center and jobs board for students and recent grads looking for internships and entry-level jobs in the fashion industry. As we move to the next step, we would appreciate your input into some specifics about the site. From Question 9 – 20, we’d like to hear what you think about our proposed Fashion Video Library. Thank you in advance for your participation!
“This exhibition looks at the extremes of footwear from around the globe, presenting around 200 pairs of shoes ranging from a sandal decorated in pure gold leaf originating from ancient Egypt to the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers. It considers the cultural significance and transformative capacity of shoes and examines the latest developments in footwear technology creating the possibility of ever higher heels and dramatic shapes. Examples from famous shoe wearers and collectors are shown alongside a dazzling range of historic shoes, many of which have not been displayed before.”
Can’t make it to London for the show? Check out the exhibition website which features articles, videos, an interactive shoes timeline and an animation “Cinderella’s Shoes.”