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25 Examples of Tech-Integrated Textiles

From Water-Soluble Dresses to Credit Card Couture

— November 11, 2015 — Tech
These tech-integrated textiles demonstrate how new technology is changing the design process. In the past, fashion designers were forced to choose from a limited range of materials to produce their garments. With the advent of new technology, designers are beginning to experiment with unusual materials.

One of the advantages of new materials is the ability to produce functional garments that improve the life of the wearer. Whether it is athletic apparel or high-end couture, tech-integrated textiles allow designers to make clothing that serves a greater purpose. For example, MasterCard has released a line of clothing and accessories that double as payment devices.

In addition to serving a practical purpose, high-tech textiles also influence the overall design process. For example, there are stitch-free clothing collections that can be assembled without the use of a sewing machine. There are also high-end garments that use data about human movement to create graphic patterns and prints.

These examples demonstrate how technology is gradually changing the way designers construct garments and how these pieces improve the lives of those who wear them.
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Abrasion-Resistant Hoodies
Abrasion-Resistant Hoodies
The Bull-It Jeans Hoodie Protects You From Nasty Pavement Encounters
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Electronic Inked Apparel
Electronic Inked Apparel
Versatile Conductive Ink Was Developed for High End Electronic Apparel
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Heat-Capturing Clothing
Heat-Capturing Clothing
This High-Tech Textile is Made from Invisible Metallic Wires
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Practical Payment Jackets
Practical Payment Jackets
The bPay Jacket Contains Wireless Pay Technology in its Sleeve Cuffs
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Digitally-Infused Music Tees
Digitally-Infused Music Tees
The Musical Ts Blend Album Art, Fashion and Digital Music Technology
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Heat-Sensitive Fashion
Heat-Sensitive Fashion
This Alexander Wang Fall Runway Incorporated Large Heat Vents
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Color-Changing Fabrics
Color-Changing Fabrics
Chromosonic by Judit Eszter Karpati is a Textile Affected by Sound
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Health-Tracking Designer Shirts
Health-Tracking Designer Shirts
This Ralph Lauren Shirt Tracks Workout Progress and Health
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Interactive Autumn Fashion
Interactive Autumn Fashion
Birce Ozkan’s Fall Dress Sheds 'Leaves' Like a Real Tree
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Responsive Sports Bras
Responsive Sports Bras
This Athletic Bra Opens Vents Automatically When Sweat or Heat are Detected
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Bacteria-Killing Textiles
Bacteria-Killing Textiles
This Antibacterial Fabric Could Reduce Hospital-Acquired Infections
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Temperature-Regulating Fashion
Temperature-Regulating Fashion
HotSquash Has Summer and Winter Lines to Keep Wearers Comfortable
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Touchscreen Clothing
Touchscreen Clothing
Project Jacquard is Envisioning Clothing Made With Smart Yarn
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Interactive Social Apparel
Interactive Social Apparel
MIT Invented Social Textiles to Make Social Media More Tangible
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Performance-Monitoring Apparel
Performance-Monitoring Apparel
Sensoria's Running System Boasts Smart Socks, Sports Bras and Tees
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Color-Shifting Scarves
Color-Shifting Scarves
The 'Chameleon Mood Scarf' Changes Based on Mood, Light and Temperature
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High-Tech Heating Hoodies
High-Tech Heating Hoodies
The Evolve Heated Hoodie Uses a USB Power Bank
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Smart Sensor Socks
Smart Sensor Socks
Sensoria's Textile Sensor Technology Monitors Performance and Accuracy
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Solar-Powered Parkas
Solar-Powered Parkas
This Fashionable Solar Parka Boasts Hip Pockets That Double as Phone Chargers
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Computer Code Quilts
Computer Code Quilts
Traditional Meets Modern with These Coded Geometric Quilts
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Technology Couture Exhibits
Technology Couture Exhibits
The Coded Couture Exhibit Displays How Fashion and Technology Collide
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Water-Soluble Dresses
Water-Soluble Dresses
These Couture Gowns Seamlessly Blend Clothing and Technology
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Automotive-Inspired Dresses
Automotive-Inspired Dresses
These High Fashion Dresses are Supercharged with Car Parts
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Arousal-Detecting Dresses
Arousal-Detecting Dresses
This Piece of High-Tech Fashion at SXSW Turns Transparent
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