MFA Boston, MA, Henry and Lois Foster Gallery (Gallery 158)

March 5, 2016 - July 10, 2016

Clothes that respond to the environment, dresses you can tweet, and garments that come off a 3-D printer ready to wear—all of these innovations are poised to have a profound impact on the future of the fashion industry. Designers have embraced these innovations and “#techstyle” explores how the synergy between fashion and technology is not only changing the way designers design, but also the way people interact with their clothing. The exhibition draws on the MFA’s collection of contemporary fashion and accessories, and features key pieces from innovators in the field including a digitally-printed dress from Alexander McQueen’s Plato’s Atlantis collection (Spring/Summer 2010/2011) and Iris van Herpen’s 3-D printed dress (2013) produced in collaboration with MIT designer and assistant professor Neri Oxman. Visitors experience the cutting edge of hi-tech fashion with special commissions created by CuteCircuit, Hussein Chalayan, Kate Goldsworthy, and Somerville-based Nervous System. In conjunction with the opening of the highly anticipated, exhibition #techstyle, March 5, 2016 coincides with the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Fashion Council. Exploring the synergy between fashion and technology, #techstyle will draw upon the MFA’s collection of contemporary fashion which has been strengthened considerably over the past 10 years with Fashion Council support. 

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