The world has been positively and entirely transformed (in every sense of the word) by technologies and rapid movements in digital advancement. Even the fashion industry is not immune to it. When one thinks of all the industries and facets of modern life that have been affected by technological advancement and rapid digitalisation, fashion is often not the first industry that comes to mind. In fact, it is rarely in the top five guesses.
And yet, we are now barrelling further and further into a new era in fashion where technology is not only present, but quickly becoming more and more predominant a feature. This is the new reality, and it is one that is paving the way for an entirely new iteration to break free in due time. As it turns out, that time has finally arrived.
Clothing technology becomes a global sensation
The latest and greatest technology that has the world talking is none other than wearable technology. Not simply referring to smart watches anymore, wearable technology is a term coined towards any fashion staple that can be worn on the body, that is either assisted or entirely powered by technology. The term ‘wearable technology’ now refers to light up clothing, temperature-controlled clothing, as well as the nifty gadgets that we have come to be so overwhelmingly familiar with in recent years.
The revolution of clothing technology surges upwards
Technology in clothing has come a long way. From the technological processes that are dedicated to creating the clothes in the first place, to the electronic tech powering the latest and most outrageous rave wear and EDM clothing, clothing technology is fast becoming a global sensation. The introduction of light-up and self-heating-and-cooling fashion is something that many people once deemed impossible, and yet this is the reality we now live in. From clothing that keeps the body temperately balanced, to clothing that has lighting technology that pulses in time with the music at electronic and DJ festivals, clothing technology has come a long way. And we are far from the finish line yet.
What does the future of wearable technology look like?
We are already fundamentally obsessed with wearable technologies, but this is only set to become more of an inclination the more the technology advances. We have only to look around us and see the countless other examples of this reality in motion (think the internet, automotives, smart home technology, technology in the workplace, technology in medicine and education, etc). Clothing technology has come an astoundingly long way in a relatively short amount of time, and it is only set to continue its flourishing evolution as we delve further and further into the digital age.
Thanks to technological discovery and experimentation on the global and ongoing scale we have come to know, we are now in the position of having technology literally woven into the stitches of our clothes. It is somewhat difficult for many to imagine how technology can continue to peak when it seems like it has so many times before, but if our brief but action-packed history with young technological advancement has taught us anything, it is that it will continue to peak, time and again. This is truly only the beginning.