As machines rapidly begin to transform the way we dress, the paradigm shift taking place is gradually gaining the necessary momentum to permanently change the way we create, wear and relate to our clothes.

Interviewing a selection of innovative organisations and designers experimenting with fashion via technology and science,  “The Next Black’ is a 45-minute documentary that explores the future of clothing,

Revealing opinions on the future of fashion whilst answering the questions on everyones minds. The captivating documentary casts light of what fashion might look like in the future.

XO Studio

As the race is now on to integrate technology with mainstream clothing, a number of organisations are driving the concept of digital couture.

Studio XO

Companies such as Addidas  and London-based Studio XO exist in the intersection of art, technology and fashion. However, in an industry notorious for transience, flux and experimentation, it’s essential to address the  future nurture and growth of sustainable textiles.

On the brink of an industrial revolution, organic agriculture is acting as a core component to the field of development and production. Striving to produce an end product that will be endlessly customizable, increasingly high-performance, efficient and inherently more sustainable. (Biofabricate, 2015)

Yeh Group | Bangkok

Explaining her revolutionary technique of Dry Dyeing,  Sophie Mather works diligently with Bangkok-based textile manufacturer, The Yeh Group . With the textile industry accounting for about 20% of the world’s water pollution, Mathers technique of adopting highly compressed gas, and Supercritical CO2, has multiple benefits, including the use of 50% less energy and chemicals than traditional fabric dyeing methods. Reducing the water used to dye 1kg of fabric from 150 liters to almost nothing. (Brilliant Collective, 2015)

BioCouture

Selecting living bacterial organisms to grow clothing and accessories in a method “closer to brewing beer”, Biocouture gives new meaning to the term “organic clothing”. As the first ever summit to focus on the emerging world of grown materials, the brand work towards exploring natural materials for future consumer products.

BioCouture  | Suzanne Lee examining a piece of futuristic fabric

With Bloomberg reporting numerous organisations are now following this organic approach. Companies such as Bolt Threads have developed an exact replica of spider silk, whilst Modern Meadow advance towards developing lab-grown leather.(Bloomberg, 2015)

BioCouture | Suzanne Lee | Founder

Although the concept of creating couture from bacteria can be considered as a psychologically bizarre equation, the logic is said to soon be obsolete thanks to a burgeoning sector of biofabrication startup businesses. (The Washington Post, 2015)

Iris Van Herpen | 2016

Focusing on innovative techniques and new materials using handwork with digital technology, Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen defies the norm of  fashion production, in lieu of working alongside artists and musicians. Van Herpen collaborated with computer programmers, nanorobotics scientists and biologists.

Iris Van Herpen | 2016

Forming faux ice crystals from rubber, Van Herpen has successfully “grown” garments from magnetic fabric,  then pulled and twisted them into something geological, organic and strangely beautiful. The exhilarating collection features opposing elements, with an array of garments appearing electrified whilst others resemble water captured mid-splash. (Fashion Daily Mag, 2012)

Iris Van Herpen | 2016

Discussing the craftsmanship of her avant-guard couture, Van Herpen claims the human touch can be accentuated in a more expressive and inventive form by adopting technologically;

“I’m not replacing craftsmanship — 3-D printing teaches hand technique.” – Iris Van Harpen (The Washington Post, 2015)

As organisation such as Electroloom aim to master spray-on clothing constructed from healthy, organic substances that are recyclable or biodegradable and always fit. It’s apparent the surface of possibilities has only been merely scratched. As the connective element to a digital lifestyle intensifies on a daily basis,  it’s more important than ever to explore the future of sustainable design. 

References

Biofabriacate (2015) Design, Biology & Tech [Online] Available at http://Http://www.biofabricate.co/discover/2015/8/3/article-fashions-biological-future-is-now [Accessed 2015]

Bloomberg (2015) How 3-D Printing Is Saving the Italian Artisan [Online] Available at http://Http://www.businessoffashion.com/community/voices/discussions/how-can-traditional-craftsmanship-survive-in-the-modern-world/how-3-d-printing-is-saving-the-italian-artisan [Accessed 2016]

Brilliant Collective (2015) The Next Black [Online] Available at http://Http://www.brilliant-collective.com/news/2014/5/23/the-next-black-a-film-about-the-future-of-clothing [Accessed 2016]

Fashion Daily Mag (2012) Iris Van Herpen [Online] Available at http://Http://fashiondailymag.com/iris-van-herpen-designer-profile/ [Accessed 2016]

The Washington Post (2015) Iris van Herpen’s astonishing designs don’t look like ‘clothes.’ They look like the future. [Online] Available at http://Https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/iris-van-herpens-astonishing-designs-dont-look-like-clothes-they-look-like-the-future/2015/11/09/43bad698-776b-11e5-b9c1-f03c48c96ac2_story.html [Accessed 2015]