We are living in a time of great promise in terms of new ideas and innovation. There are no limits for technology, and this has brought about a revolution in the fashion industry in the following ways.

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Crowdfunding

Platforms for Crowdfunding like Kickstarter have given startups a new outlet enabling their creations to break ground. From a stylish new backpack or a clever design for a wallet, there are many successfully funded products pointing to significant niches overlooked by existing manufacturing powers. Some of the brands on Kickstarter have by-passed the cartel-like approach by the fashion industry to programmed obsolescence and given consumers value-added propositions such as quality selvage denim or the 10-Year Hoodie.

Collaborations

Even though there have been important strides in recent years, tech companies are still cautious about doing fashion. Many tech devices are aesthetically pleasing as tech devices but not in terms of beauty fashion wise. More designers are lending their aesthetic talents to established gadgets, developing collaborative combinations such as the Tory Burch Fitbit or Stella Audio speakers on a Rebecca Minkoff Clutch.

Fashion Recognition Apps

Have ever seen a perfect dress or coat on someone on Instagram or on the street and wished you could locate the same one with an app? This is the inspiration behind fashion recognition apps, which will try to take images and look through the internet for said article of clothing. Though these apps have encountered lots of challenges technically, the overall outcome could be very helpful for shoppers and become a valuable tool for the purpose of curatorial impulses.

The Miracle Dress Shirt

From stain-resistant shirts to repel spills, shirts that stretch with the body’s movements while directing moisture and heat away from it, to shirts that iron themselves with body heat, textile technology has made all these features a reality. They are making every day wear lower maintenance, more comfortable and flexible.

Wearables

These inventions promise to save us from constantly checking and swiping through our phones. They range from Bluetooth-enabled rings, smart watches and heads-up displays and brainstorming is still underway to create innovative devices that mesh fashion, everyday existence, and our digital lives into one.

Smart Clothes

From LED-lit clothes that change color, biometric clothes that track vitals during your workout, clothes with trackers so you never lose them again, to solar powered fabric to charge your devices as you enjoy the sunshine. There is more to come in terms of convergence between fabric and electronics with the increase in digital omnipresence.

3D Printing

This technology allows one to make copies out of almost anything tangible and its application goes beyond sculptural and latticework jewelry of some designers. With some tweaking, ill-fitting clothes and boxy shoes will be a thing of the past as we embrace perfectly-fitting gloves and shoes.