New year, new ambitions to push forward the notion of fashion tech. And what a better place to start than the buzzing Austin? At the end of January, we packed our bags and headed to sunny Texas for BDYHAX and a weekend of future focused talks and activities.
As an official partner of the conference, we kicked off the extravaganza with Put Together – our fully-fledged fashion tech catwalk show.
Put Together opened with “Waiting for Earthquakes”, a performance by cyborg artist Moon Ribas, who senses earthquakes worldwide with the assistance of an implant in her arm, and was hosted by none other than bionic actress Angel Giuffria (yes, you’ve seen here in The Hunger Games!).
Our gorgeous models strutted down the runway in futuristic garments from designers and technologies all across the globe. From Sensoree’s mood-sensing sweater to Erica Gray’s AR embedded garments and Galina Mihaleva’s high tech couture dresses, Put Together showed attendees what the future of fashion looks like. After the show, models and designers mingled with the crowd to answer questions and take (lots and lots of) pictures.
And if that wasn’t enough, our Kristina Dimitrova took part in not one but two panel discussions during the BDYHAX weekend. At Fashion Tech: Now and Next, we were joined by Val Vacante (Collbasco & Clausette), Jerry Wilmink (Wisewear), Kevin Reinis (Quantum Interface), Derek Armstrong (Mabus Tech) and Rawad Al-awar (Whear) to discuss current trends and key players in fashion tech. We also talked about the challenges of creating a startup, the risk associated with unprotected ideas as well as the importance of executions over ideas.
Our second plug into BDYHAX was at the Apparel Futures panel, where we were joined by some of the most exciting fashion tech pioneers in the space – Kristin Neidlinger, Birce Ozkan and Bushra Burge. Moderated by Collabsco’s Val Vacante, the discussion revolved around the creative process, inspirations for fashion tech projects and their feasibility as well as the ways technologies like AR, VR and AI can be used for future creations. Beyond all, a key themed that emerged from the session was the importance of sustainability when designing and thinking about the environmental implications of each project.
Thank you to the awesome team at BDYHAX! We loved being part of such an inspiring event and can’t wait for next year. If you’d like to join BDYHAX 2018, click here.
Head to our Facebook page to see snippets from Put Together and look out for official images soon.
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