Dissertation Defense: Lianne Toussaint, Wearing Technology: When Fashion and Technology Entwine

Cover image: Pauline van Dongen, 'Solar Windbreaker' (2016) in collaboration with Blue LOOP and De Waddenvereniging. Photography by Roos van de Kieft. Hair & Make-up: Rosa van Koningsbruggen. Graphic design by Rianne van de Rijt.

Lianne Toussaint: Wearing Technology: When Fashion and Technology Entwine

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Since the nineties, fashion designers and engineers have been experimenting with the integration of technology into fashion. A robotic dress that protects your personal space, a shirt that sends hugs over distance, or trousers that help to correct posture; they now all exist in real life. Wearing Technology focuses on the emerging phenomenon of ‘techno-fashion’: garments that fuse technological functionalities with the socio-cultural role of fashion. Through a combination of literature study and interviews with designers and wearers, Lianne Toussaint explores the bodily, communicative, and ethical dimensions of techno-fashion. What does it mean to wear, rather than just use, technology? How does the integration of fashion and technology affect our physical relation to garments? The advent of techno-fashion is something to look forward to as well as prepare for. Its direct proximity to the body and powerful abilities urge an open yet critical stance towards its development and future implementation.

The Defense takes place on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 14.30 hours at the Aula of the Radboud University, Comeniuslaan 2, in Nijmegen