There aren't many people alive today who don't remember the devastation of the Rana Plaza collapse with the thousands of garment workers trapped inside. Seemingly just another day at work, their lives were changed forever. But has anything really changed?
Fashion technology, while incredibly exciting, has yet to find the marriage between useful and desirable for consumer products. I still contest that the biggest problem with these products is that they fall short of high fashion, making them look and feel dated.
The future is now. Nanomaterials are here and they are the next big thing to take the fashion industry by storm. Smart materials such as the “talking textile” open the door to design and technology beyond imagination.
Artificial intelligence has already started to infiltrate the fashion industry, but rather than look at the here and now let’s instead take a look at one of the roles AI might play in the not too distant future. Artificial intelligence is all about the use of complex algorithms, and the more data you can feed into algorithms, the more capable they become in making decisions and forecasts.
The word “printing” generally brings to mind jammed paper and flashing “low ink” alerts – but those were the printers of yesterday. With 3D printing becoming more mainstream, its applications are expanding at an amazing rate.
Virtual reality has already began to take the world by storm. This promising technology seems to have endless applications. This is especially true for the fashion industry, where they are already using VR in inspiring ways.
"Way" back in the 80s and 90s, robots were the stuff of legend and fantasy. Michael Jackson piqued our imagination with his suits designed of metallic and looking for all the world like robotic gear. In a spectacular show, Alexander McQueen's '99 runway show had us in awe where robot arms were spray painting a dress on a live model.
All over the globe, consumers of today are demanding their clothing be more conscientiously sourced and produced. They call for more transparency from the companies they purchase from. This has created a higher demand for sustainable clothing that consumers can feel good about obtaining.
Over the last year, the face of fashion has taken a turn toward technology. Where 3D accessories became commonplace this year, 3D fabric printing moved in on a more permanent level. In the world of fashion design, especially true for couture, apparel design was a very hands on process. At least, that was the case until now.
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase talent attraction? Money, promotion, stability, cool product? Why do we believe a candidate will leave a job, relocate and come to work for us? By definition, attraction is a quality or feature of something or someone that evokes interest, liking, or desire.
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Playing it safe and staying with the status quo seems like the thing to do to stay in business. While you might stay in business, your company won't grow much. The only way a business can keep growing is to be innovative.
The fashion industry measures standards to assign an order for relevance, success, and originality. How can a category with no viable definition be so full? We need a better definition of Advanced Manufacturing so the term has meaning.
Any business can start and run at any given time. The real task is getting your investment back and maintaining your company for a long period so that you keep on hauling in profit. How do successful retail companies do this when competition is steep?