From Battery-Powered Blazers to Stylish Smart Coats

By: Malika Renee Butss - Mar 20, 2016
As wearable technology continues to increase in popularity, more and more hi-tech apparel is being produced. Whether it be high-fashion fused with modern technology or activewear monitoring the wearers performance, these pieces contribute to both science and style.

While Rana Nakhal Solset created a line of smart coats outfitted with infrared heating technology, Japanese designer Junya Watanabe created a solar-powered jacket that can charge the user's smartphone. American designers Adam Selman and Ralph Lauren have also created hi-tech apparel. With Selman's payment-making garments and Lauren's health-tracking Sensory Smartshirt, high-fashionn and hi-tech are almost interchangeable.

These examples of hi-tech apparel also include statement-making clothing such as Intel's interactive Intelligent Dress as well as the company's stress-detecting garments created in collaboration with Becca McCharen.