Now that wearable technology is reaching a more mature state, a greater consideration of the aesthetics of wearable technology would help it gain social relevance, greater market potential and be more meaningfully accepted in our everyday lives. From the first-person perspective of a designer, Pauline van Dongen will explain ways to bridge the gap between fashion and wearable technology.
Speaker Biography (Pauline van Dongen)
Pauline van Dongen is a Dutch fashion designer and renowned expert in wearable technology. Established in 2010, her design studio is immersed in the dynamic intersection of fashion and technology and is dedicated to collaborative, cross-disciplinary work that enables innovation and experimentation to take the form of a truly wearable and desirable product. Pauline's vision is based on the belief that technology can add new value and meaning to fashion and enhances embodied experience. She believes the future of fashion lies in its premise to be dynamic and responsive. To her, technology is not a mere tool, but rather one of aesthetics.
Company Profile (Pauline Van Dongen)
Pauline van Dongen is a Dutch design studio specialized in wearable technology, which has positioned itself as an influential R&D partner for both technology as well as fashion and textile companies. Pauline van Dongen offers a distinct aesthetic that sets the design apart from wearables that are purely functionality driven. In doing so, her designs have been received by the international press with great enthusiasm.
Recent projects include the Solar Shirt, an illuminated running top, a posture shirt, the use of nanocoatings and new developments in computational fashion using body scanning, 3D printing and generative design tools.
Partners include: Philips Research, Holst Centre, Alta Devices, 3D Systems, Apple, Vodafone,
Schoeller Textiles, University of Technology Eindhoven, Italdenim.