DATES: March 5–July 10, 2016
VENUE: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA)
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.