ITP Alums at Future Textiles Library Exhibition

Thursday, Oct 12, 2017

jeans material with logotype of Future Textile Library

Future Textile Library

Yuchen Zhang, Hellyn Teng (ITP ’15) and Jingwen Zhu (ITP ’16) co-founded Wearable Media in 2016, focusing on creating a world of futurist fashion powered by design and technology, and providing an accessible solution for audiences to engage with e-textile technologies in a fashionable and innovative way.

Premiering exclusively this fall at the Gottesman Libraries at Columbia University, Wearable Media is pleased to present its first interactive fashion exhibition, Future Textile Library. On view are innovative sartorial works that showcase the potential of smart apparel, and reimagine our relationship to fashion and technology as an interactive media. 

During the run of Future E-Textile Library, Wearable Media will host three workshops that invite the public to learn and create their own interactive wearable designs. In addition to the workshops, Wearable Media will host a panel discussion on October 27,  2017, including a diverse group of women working in the field of fashion technology, textile design, and anthropology. The panel will open conversations about the current technologies applied to e-textile design, as well as how human behavior shapes our surroundings through clothing, culture and technology. 

An exhibition re-imagining our relationship to fashion, textile design, and computational technology as an interactive media. 


How can technology and fashion inform one another to help us better understand our world? Wearable Media presents Future Textile Library, an exhibition that explores the intersection of fashion, e-textile design, and computational technology. On view are innovative sartorial works that showcase the potential of smart apparel and reimagine the body’s relationship to fashion and technology as an interactive media. Premiering at Future Textile Library is AudRey, a garment that combines augmented reality, 3D printing technology, and analysis from Instagram to reveal the wearer’s digital “aura.” Also on view is Project Reefstone, a garment that reflects global warming’s effects on coral reefs through fabric panels laser-cut according to global temperature index, and Ceres, a jumpsuit that vibrates based on the frequency and distance of near-Earth asteroids.