The Future of Fashion

The Future of Fashion

The Future of Fashion

What I learned at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.

The Cooper Hewitt museum is housed in the former home of Andrew Carnegie and is just a beautiful space both indoors and outdoors. My husband I enjoyed a good hour in the terrace/garden area on a Thursday morning where you feel quite insulated from the hustle and noise of the city. 

Inside the museum features many different design exhibits. I found three fashion items that in my opinion may be the future of fashion. What do you think?

  1. Coat – Remade Eileen Fisher. A coat made from 17 sweaters as part of the Eileen Fisher Remade team. Why is this the future? Because the landfills are overwhelmed with our clothing waste. In 2009, Eileen Fisher started i’s take back program for their worn clothes. Some of the clothes could be repaired and resold. The others were not usable as-is. The Creative Director of Eileen Fisher joined with graduates of the Parsons School of Design to “develop commercially viable solutions for turning the damaged clothing into new garments.”

The manufacturing of clothing at billions of garments per year is not sustainable nor is trashing our clothes. We need to move from a linear approach to clothing to a closed loop cycle. This shows what is possible by using “waste” as the raw material to make new clothing. See the coat and learn more.

2. Dress And Underdress, Temple Dress, Mer Ka Ba Collection, 2013. The dress represents the “new approach to apparel design and construction deploying digital technologies to make a customizable 3D-printed garment.”

Why is this the future? Because digital and 3D-printing will use less resources and generate significantly less waste during the printing of the clothing item. This is in contrast to how most clothing is made by pattern cutting and typically disposing of the cutting floor waste. According to an article in the New York Times, “15 to 20 percent of the fabric used to produce clothing winds up in the nation’s landfills because it’s cheaper to dump the scraps than to recycle them.”  See the dress and get more details.

3. Jacket, Levi’s® Commuter™ Trucker Jacket With Jacquard™ By Google. This jacket is a collaboration between Google and LevisÒ. The JacquardÔ is like wearing your phone. By that I mean by touching it or using certain gestures it will respond to your commands. I know, it sounds crazy (and it’s even washable!). Design details and where to purchase.

Why is this the future? Because why not use your clothing to sync with your phone? There are already plenty of watches that do this so now we are getting to the next step – our clothes! Levi.com states: “Now, we’ve joined forces with Google to make our Trucker Jacket a first of its kind in wearable technology — one that keeps users connected to their digital world without missing a moment in real life.”

You can visit the Cooper Hewitt Museum in Manhattan.

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