Fashion-Forward Looks That Made an Impact on the Runway and the Red Carpet
Technology has served as our platform to enhance our lifestyle, connect with others, and share our thoughts and ideas. For several fashion designers, it’s a way for them to push the boundaries of their work, as they utilize fabric and technology to weave the human experience into couture and everyday wearables. Journalist and Electric Runway founder Amanda Cosco has been covering this evolution and convergence since 2015, and she discussed the exciting topic of wearable technology at stylefestph.
Below, some of the most iconic and technologically advanced looks of our generation:
1. Google Glass at DVF’s Spring/Summer 2013 Runway Show
At Diane von Furstenberg’s spring/summer 2013 runway show in New York, supermodels walked the runway with Google Glasses on. At that time, the smart glasses—which display information in a smartphone-like, hands-free format—had just been tested and newly released in the mainstream market. Von Furstenberg, one of America’s leading designers for women, had expressed her delight to collaborate with Google. In 2014, DVF for Glass was released in optical and sunglass styles.
2. Fiber Optic Zac Posen Ball Gown at the 2016 Met Gala
The 2016 Met Gala brought the future of fashion to the forefront with its theme "Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology." Claire Danes stole the show with a sky blue organza ball gown created by Zac Posen. The garment was crafted from fiber optics, flexible fibers of glass typically used to transmit light signals, which made her the brightest star in the entire gala.
3. Color Changing Marchesa Gown at the 2016 Met Gala
Apart from Danes, another stunner at the 2016 Met Gala was Karolina Kurkova. The strapless, sheer gown adorned with ivory flowers and LED appeared unsuspecting at the onset. The lights changed colors depending on social buzz, from people were saying about the Met Gala, Marchesa, IBM, and the dress itself on social media. Designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig had collaborated with IBM’s cognitive computer Watson to wire in a vibrant palette that burst into color. Chapman and Craig explained that they sought to make a dress that would “speak for” social media in real time, when excited fans would watch Kurkova walk down the carpet.
4. LED Costumes at the Black Eyed Peas 2011 World Tour
In 2011, the Black Eyed Peas performed onstage wearing illuminated LED costumes. The lights were coordinated with their choreography for a more impactful show. The clothes were designed by lead fashion technologist Nancy Tilbury, who has been working with coders and engineers since the ‘90s, and who co-founded fashion and technology company Studio XO with engineer Ben Males in 2011.
5. The Spider Dress at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show
Dutch innovator Anouk Wipprecht designed the beautiful and intimidating Spider Dress, which is powered by Intel’s Edison to react to the wearer’s external environment. Created as epaulets, the spider legs stretch out when the wearer is approached with aggression—essentially becoming an emotional extension of its wearer.
From the Fitbit Alta making an appearance on the runway to 3D-printed outfits that respond to the gaze of another person, technology and fashion are becoming smarter and more intuitive.
As the keynote speaker of stylefestph, Amanda Cosco was in Manila to discuss wearable technology and the future of fashion. The three-day event gave access to information on future trends, Filipino design, and the fashion and beauty industry in the Philippines through its styletalks. Organized by Globe Telecom and SAGA Events, stylefestph was a three-day event on fashion, innovation, and Filipino design. It fittingly took place at the lavish Grand Hyatt Manila from September 7 to September 9, 2018.