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WTF Moments in Fashion Tech History: Lady Gaga Edition

Where did Lady Gaga find her inspiration for this bustier of "empowerment?"

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Kyeok Kim's Second Skin Jewelry

Jewelry designer Kyeok Kim plays with the relationship between ornamentation and the body, allowing colorful light to cascade over the skin or leaving impressions of text on the body.

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WTF Moments in Fashion Tech History: Hipsters Edition

Electronic Sewing Kits

If you are having a tough time finding the right electronic craft materials for your next invention, try out one of these great kits available online.

Stern Lab is a good choice if you are looking for the basics at a good cost. With this kit you can light up a t-shirt or your embroidery. $15 on Etsy

 

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Color Changing Electronic Skins

Our readers who are old enough to remember seeing Governator's Sci-Fi movie Total Recall would recognize the animated GIF. In this scene, a bored receptionist is trying out different nail colors with a simple touch of a stylus.

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GPS Shoes for Alzheimer's Patients

 

Fashion technology is not all about "fashion." There are also serious use cases that may not be glamorous but serve the greater good. The just-announced GPS shoes for Alzheier's patients is one example. As you know, people suffering from Alzheier's may wander away from home and forget how to get back due to dementia. GPS shoes can help patients' families and caregivers to locate them in such a scenario.

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Flashback Fashion Tech

This charming flower is not costume jewelry but actually a hearing aid device made in—1802!

If you think that integrating useful technology into clothing and accessories is something new, think again. Without fail, we can always look to the past for seeds innovation to stimulate our own creation. Below I've put together a number of fun inventions from the bygone days and compared them to some of their modern day counterparts.

 

1972: Panasonic Toot-A-Loop Radio R-72

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Second Skin Exhibition in San Francisco

If you are in San Francisco, be sure to stop by the Exploratorium and see the Second Skin: Imaginative Designs in Digital & Analog Clothing Exhibition. The show runs from April 29th to September 7th, 2009. For those who are unable to attend, watch this video and experience it vicariously:

 

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Send me an Angel!

Angel ChangAngel ChangI'd like to give a shout-out to my good friend, Angel Chang , for competing on Bravo TV's The Fashion Show! Angel is truly a fashion forward designer who embraces technology. Her bio on the show's website says it well: "Angel creates versatile dressing solutions for worldly women on-the-go...

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