Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Smarter. Faster. Tougher.

Smarter. Faster. Tougher.
An Exhibition on Sports, Fashion + Tech
Design Exchange, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
39 Parliament Street, The Distillery District
Curated by Marie O’Mahony

I viewed this exhibit last week, in Toronto. It features a variety of garments that either utilize innovative textiles, or integrate sports features into fashion clothing. It’s amazing to see where fabric development is moving. Here are a few highlights!

Columbia Sportwear, Portland, OR
Freestyle mugul ski uniform.
Columbia’s patented Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective technology provides warmth fo the athlete with less bulk, allowing athletes to move with ease. There is also a LightRail zipper which is Columbia’s own innovation that has made the zipper ultra-lightweight and waterproof.

Descente, Japan
This ski jacket and pants utilize technical fabrics and advanced construction techniques. The garments are seam-sealed, waterproofed and provide thermal insulation.

Now.... let's move on to Designer Fashion with clothing that draws inspiration from sports.

Tommy Hilfiger
Here we have an outfit by Tommy Hilfiger
This wet-suit inspired garment utilizes neoprene and incorporates athletic clothing styling.

Yohji Yamamoto, Y3
This padded coat takes its influence from padded athletic clothing. Yamamoto’s signature asymmetrical cut, unique fasteners and details take the style to the couture level.

Alexander Wang’s Laser Cut Hoodie
Note the patterned laser cutouts on the arms that reveal a reflective fabric underneath.

Check out the footwear!!
Here we have Adidas sneakers (Yamamoto) and Alexander Wang’s sports heels!!

Wang's Spots Heels (yikes!)

Look at those heels!!

Adidas Shoes by Y-3

It's Official.... I have started my Sabbatical!

It’s official!! I have started my sabbatical for the Fall Semester.

I will be researching Textiles: Past and Future. I’m so excited!

Body Necklace which joins the bikini top to the bottom
The ‘past’ component will allow me to learn more about the history of fabrics we use everyday. The ‘future’ component will allow me to learn more about new textile trends, and where we are heading as we integrate technology and ecology-awareness into our fabric world.

I’ll be blogging again as I learn new things, so stay tuned if you like textile and want to learn along with me.

Here you can see a techno bathing suit by Blue Glue. They use non-conventional materials and often incorporate jewelry into the ensemble. Here you have a swimsuit and necklace combo inspired by the Alhambra in Granada, Spain.

The complete ensemble
I saw this garment at the Design Exchange exhibit in Toronto last week. 
See the next blog entry for more unique textiles!!