But there was also an element of fascination for the process of translating medical scans (from my previous career as a radiographer) into knitwear. I was inspired by the beauty and graphic strength I saw in CT and MRI scans, and felt they should be used to make a statement about the internal beauty of the human race.
My interpretation of fashion tech was aesthetic, but devising a way to translate digital brain scans into programmable files compatible with industrial knitting machines sat firmly in the lap of tech. For me, science, technology and fashion aren't only complimentary: their fusion is beautiful and explosive.
The state of affairs
Fast forward to 2016, and fashion tech has taken on a whole new meaning with a scope beyond what I had imagined. It's a growing sector with vast potential, but we don't really know what exactly it encompasses.
This is where fashion tech begins to look like a solution to an as yet undefined problem.
Ask any fashion designer their opinion of fashion tech, and most will mention gimmicks, gadgets and hard, cold sensibility.
My standpoint as a technophile has always been warmer than this, but creating a credible and desirable fashion product lies with technology enhancing and elevating the design, whilst remaining invisible.
Tech is an enabler, a powerful tool with which to enhance and excite. It is not the end product, at least where fashion is concerned.
To that end, when commissioned by the Mayor of London's promotional office, London and Partners, to curate the Fashion Tech launch of London Technology Week, my aim has been to showcase the symbiotic fusion of fashion and technology.
The meaning and purpose of fashion tech is still being established. I hope that with this installation, a dialogue centered on the sympathetic fusion of fashion and technology will drive this sector toward a future of better and more sustainable design.
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