Coco Chanel once said that “…fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” As we continue to progress technologically then so should fashion. Once two completely unrelated fields, fashion and technology are becoming intertwined in a way many fashion lovers would have never believed.
We’ve all seen it in movies like Tron and Star Trek but are these futuristic creations actually becoming a reality? Google glass looks oddly similar to devices worn by Trekkies at conventions across the nation. Fitbit is tracking your every step and is becoming an everyday accessory. Can these items be considered fashion or are they simply devices unrelated to our passion for fashion?
Think about your iPhone. It’s basically an extension of who you are. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that although they all have the same shell, there’s probably not one that looks like another one. We accessorize them and dress them up. In a sense they are a part of our everyday wardrobe the way a purse is.
When Apple released it’s brand new Apple Watch they invited the world’s top fashion editors. These influencers weren’t there to provide their two cents about its technological features, that’s for sure.
Fits.me creates a virtual fitting room experience for customers. Robotic mannequins are photographed wearing clothes found in the store. They expand and contract to change sizes based on your own dimensions. This certainly changes the traditional shopping experience many avid shoppers (like myself) have always known.
There are even wearable, flying cameras, or drones, that take your own photo that certainly supersedes the GoPro. One day these types of personal devices might be hovering around all of us the way our iPhones are currently resting in our pockets or purses.
Even Ralph Lauren has gotten involved and created a biometric shirt that tracks your body’s
data and sends it directly to your smart phone. It’s not unlikely that one day everything we wear will somehow be fully integrated into keeping us healthy and alive.
There’s no denying that as technology continues to progress it will become part of our everyday wardrobe more and more. The question is, how do we keep it stylish, trendy, and edgy? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see exactly how far futuristic fashion will go.