Wearable technology is the next big thing in the fashion world and there’s no denying it. Investors are sinking millions into fashionable gadgets from Google Glass to Nike Fuel Band to Cutecircuit’s Ready-to-Wear Luminous Collection. A report by Credit Suisse predicts that the market will increase to $50 billion over the next three to five years.
Cutecircuit’s Ready-to-Wear Luminous Collection
Until recently wearable tech has been less than fashion forward and companies had failed to design the technology with the wearer in mind. We’re now starting to see some exciting collaborations between Fashion and Technology companies. In October, Apple made its own fashion statement when it hired former Burberry CEO, Angela Ahrendts and Fitbit has partnered with designer Tory Burch to create accessories for the Fitbit Flex. The increasing number of collaborations suggest that the fashion industry is taking a serious interest in the wearables market. Ultimately success will come in taking existing technology and merging it with designers’ DNA to meet a common objective: a beautiful, useful, wearable product.
Innovation is being born at every sketch, take for instance Bionic dresses. This dress turns transparent when the wearer is aroused. The wearable dress is designed by Studio Roosegaarde together with designer Anouk Wipprecht. Made of leather and smart e-foils, it ‘explores the relationship between technology, intimacy . The high-tech panels are stimulated by the heartbeat of the wearer and can arouse the nearest male.