Hacking The Runway: Exploring Fashion Technology & Haute Tech Couture

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The world of fashion is rapidly adopting technology on runways around the world, bringing a spotlight to innovative new designs and experiments, also known as Haute Tech Couture. However, designers and their teams face a growing number of challenges, from technical (e.g. battery placement) to social (team dynamics between designers and engineers). In this talk, I describe 2.5 years of my journey and research that delves into the dynamics of building fashion technology pieces, as well as experiences with coordinating Haute Tech Couture shows around the world. I also discuss the broader importance and impact of Fashion Technology as vehicle for STEM, based on experiences hosting multiple month long fashion tech workshops in Canada and China. 



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