|A 1968 dress by Pierre Cardin.|
Wednesday May 8 is the last day to catch Fashion and Technology at The Museum at FIT. This exhibit has been one of my recent favorites for showing how changes in technology—whether it is the invention of the sewing machine or the zipper or the development of dies, new fabrics or even computer chips—quickly make their way into the clothes we all wear. It was an interesting fact that curator Emma McClendon brought up during the tour that “manufacturers of sports clothes and the military are the first users of technological advances in fabric,” with fashion designers not far behind, eager to incorporate the new into their work as well.
Cardin used the synthetic material “Dynel” to create the above 1968 dress. It uses heat-set technology to permanently mold the fabric into 3D forms. The garment is completely seamless and was a gift to the museum from Lauren Bacall!
This 2011 dress by Gareth Pugh is made from silver mirror finish polyurethane. The slashes look laser-cut but were created, as Pugh said, “the good old-fashioned way—by hand, with a ruler and a blade.”
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