Fashion design is becoming tech savvy as more and more designers are moving away from the drawing board and using technology to bring novel products to the market. The notion of smart clothes has been around for a while. Designers, including big names in fashion and technology are trying to make the clothes you wear as smart as the phone you use. Same thing goes for the competitors at the ideation 2018. Gerber has just announced the names of the students who will be featured during the October event. The 5 finalists were picked from more than 90 entries by a global panel of industry professionals.
Submitted applications came from 17 schools across the nation. The 5 finalists are:
Angelica Alarcon from the University of the Incarnate Word submitted a jacket with solar panels installed on the sleeves, which is connected to a phone charger in the jacket pocket.
Loren Franco from El Centro College submitted a dress that utilizes an electronic cutting machine to cut out floral designs and a textile that is digitally printed.
Adrian Guevara from Jannette Klien University submitted a garment utilizing organic fabrics and dyes with unconventional materials, wearable tech and laser cut motif inspired by the Aztec culture.
Sigele Nickerson-Adams from El Centro College and submitted a top and trouser outfit that has zero waste from the materials it utilized.
Tyesha Wilson from Fanshawe College submitted a ball gown that was digitally and 3D printed.
The designers and their garments will be showcased at the ideation 2018 fashion show set to be held on October 5th. The student designers were tasked with incorporating technology using the Pantone® Color of the Year, Ultra Violet, along with any combination of colors from the associated color palettes provided by Pantone.
“Our goal is to make it easy to design, produce and sell great products and Gerber helps our customers do this by enabling their digital reality,” said Elizabeth King, VP, digital solutions community and ecosystem at Gerber Technology.
ideation is the premier fashion technology conference dedicated to connecting you to the latest in digital solutions. This industry leading event brings together visionaries, disruptors and leaders who are changing the world of fashion and the apparel industry. Retail professionals rely on Gerber Tech’s digital solutions to integrate software such as YuniquePLM® and the AccuMark® to seamlessly transfer data across the supply chain – driving smart machines and feeding back information through IoT, allowing companies to automate their entire process.
About Gerber Technology
Headquartered in Tolland, Connecticut, Connecticut, is the parent of companies that supply software and hardware systems for apparel and technical textiles, sign making and specialty graphics, composites and packaging applications. The company serves 78,000 customers in 134 countries, including more than 100 Fortune 500 companies in apparel and accessories, home and leisure, transportation, packaging and sign and graphics. Gerber Technology is owned by AIP, a New York-based, global private equity firm specializing in the technology sector and has more than $3.0 billion assets under management.