Introducing the 2019 MakeFashion Lineup
We’re pleased to be a part of the internationally-acclaimed FashionTech runway show this year.
MakeFashion has just released their lineup for the 2019 event in September, where the new collection of fashiontech garments will be debuted before they tour the world internationally.
The event will take place in Calgary, Canada on Sept 21, 2019 in partnership with Beakerhead. This is the second year that MakeFashion has partnered with Beakerhead for a stunning outdoor show.
MakeFashion’s mission is to support the community of designers, makers, and engineers in FashionTech. The ten teams are funded with a bursary of $500 to go towards materials and work towards their creative projects. MakeFashion is also supporting nine “emerging designers” with bursaries of $250.
1: Conductive Melody
by Amped Atelier
This year Amped Atelier is creating an interactive performance piece that is a fashionable musical instrument. They will make a garment capable of using capacitive touch, proximity, and gesture, to generate beautiful electronically produced melodies.
Amped Atelier has showcased with Lumen Couture and MakeFashion many times, including in the recent FashionTech showcase at the MoPop Museum in Seattle.
2: Does it Come in Black?
by Shae Berry
This project aims to include wearable technology in an elegant way, showing that technology can be used in a way that can enhance the beauty and mystery of a piece of clothing without compromising comfort, movement, and wear-ability.
The “Does it Come in Black” team is a new addition to MakeFashion, and we’re looking forward to seeing what they produce for the runway.
3: Skin III
The project asks the question of “How can we go beyond our biological makeup to heal the earth and ourselves within the Anthropocene?” and tackles philosophy and global warming. The garment will use RGB sensors to read the aura of the room.
This project promises to be a visually engaging as well as thoughtful piece of Fashion Technology.
4: StarCode Latest Collection
StarCode is a collaboration with MakeFashion and Lumen Couture, producing high-end wedding and event gowns. The gowns have appeared in weddings overseas, and bring a level of high-end sophistication to wearable tech.
StarCode designs are carried by Lumen Couture and are available for sale through direct order.
5: Affinity 3.0 and The Social Touch
by White Wolf Creations
White Wolf Creations (Sydney Pratte) returns with two proposals for 2019, including an updated version of their popular Affinity dress. The Affinity dress expresses affection towards pets by having sensors that connect the wearer and their pet together. Their second proposal “The Social Touch” aims to bring awareness to unacceptable areas of touching women.
White Wolf creations has been a fan favorite of MakeFashion attendees since they first debuted fashiontech-connected dogs on the runway at our 2018 event.
by Orduz Pinto Hautech Couture
Bacatá is a capsule 3 piece collection inspired in Maria Orduz’s Colombian origins. “Bacatá” is the name given to the main settlement of the Muisca Confederation on the Bogotá savanna. The collection attempts to find a connection between the sacred ancient from the designer’s roots and the innovative tools that technology provides us. The designer will use a combination of Laser cutting, 3D printing and light diffusion to celebrate her heritage through these garments.
Maria Orduz Piunto has showcased with MakeFashion since the very first gala. She is an emerging leader in the FashionTech space, and was featured on my video on rising fashiontech stars to watch in 2018.
7: New MakeFashion Piece
by Erina Kashihara
Erina Kashihara promises a new garment for the 2019 event, but hasn’t yet shared details of what she’s working on. Erina is one of the earliest designers of Fashion Technology, so we can expect something amazing to walk down the runway in September.
Erina has showcased with MakeFashion for over 5 years. Her recent dress that shoots lasers was featured on my YouTube video, “Drones, Lasers, and Projectors in Futuristic Fashion”.
8: Connected and Chime
by Robots are Fun
Robots are Fun are a youth team (Laura Voisin and Ashley Voisin) that have been leaders in introducing girls to technology through wearables. The team will produce two garments this year. The first dress “Connected” will use circuit boards to create “armor”. The second dress, “Chime”, will incorporate chimes and sounds into the outfit.
Robots are Fun have been active members of the MakeFashion community, and have walked the runway with several of their wearable tech creations.
9: Black and White Gala
Inspired in the MET ball, this black and white ball gown will reference the flashes from photographer on the red carpet. Illumination on the dress will mimic the flashes of the media and cameramen surrounding the wearer. A glowing lasercut necklace will complete the look.
MayViva is a MakeFashion Co-Founder. Her iHeart dress brings awareness to anxiety and depression, and was featured in my video on functional fashion that does good for the world.
10: Affective Modulation System
by Kathryn Blair
This piece by Kathryn Blair will be a re-imaging of a previous MakeFashion piece from 2013, Somatic System. Somatic System was a coat that used a temperature and pulse sensor to determine the wearer’s mood, and then via lights and a speaker, influenced the wearer’s mood using light and music. The piece was intended to explore the interaction between technology and our very organic brains and bodies. The new garment will be an evolution in technology and concept from the original.
Kath Blair has been a part of MakeFashion since 2013 when she debuted the original version of the dress at our gala.
11: Indi City
by Indi City
Artist Indi City (Angel Abichon) returns with a dress that will commemorate the thousands of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. Technology and inspiration from traditional costume will be used to express the topic of violence towards indigenous women. An LED & fiber optic halo-like headpiece with clear beadwork will complete the look.
Indi City will be returning for her third year with MakeFashion, and was one of my picks for rising fashiontech stars to watch in 2018 in my YouTube video.
12: Stardust Collection and 2020 Designs
by Lumen Couture
In 2018, we exhibited our pre-launch at the MakeFashion runway show. This year we will be returning to showcase previews of our new designs for 2020. The runway show will also showcase new innovation works for the runway that will be available for rental after the show.
13: Butterfly Dress
by Clarke’s Third Law
The idea of the butterfly dress is to create a memorable moment. In this era of social media and, there is a desire to create that perfect moment that can be captured and will last forever. This innovative garment promises to expose new eye-catching technology that will bring delight to audiences.
In addition to the lineup of tenured designers, MakeFashion is supporting emerging designers with funding and the opportunity to show their work on the stage.
The emerging design teams for 2019 are:
Ellen Monaghan: Climate Change Garments
Luniary Designs: Illumaluna
Stephanie Chan: Amour Amure
Radium Creative: Nipika at Night
The Scarlet Stitch: Knitwear Dress with LEDs
Sarah Uwadiae: Peacock
D. Ryan Design
About the Author: Chelsea Klukas has had a career working at the intersection of fashion and technology. She was the Creative Director for social shopping startup BeauCoo that aimed to solve problems of fit and sizing through technology. Later, she became the Product Design manager for projects including the Amazon Echo Look ai-enabled fashion assistant. She is the co-inventor of the Lumen Couture projection hat, her own wearable technology fashion line, and the Co-Founder of MakeFashion producing fashiontech runway shows around the world.