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50 of the coolest trends in textile research, biomimicry, wearable gadgetry, excellent hacks (be sure to check out the LED boosted-diamond ring!) and other futuristic fashion fabulousness.

50 of the coolest trends in textile research, biomimicry, wearable gadgetry, excellent hacks (be sure to check out the LED boosted-diamond ring!) and other futuristic fashion fabulousness.

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  • 1. 50 AMAZINGLY COOL FUTURISTIC FABRICS by Lesley Scott, Fashiontribes & Author of “The Future of You” (2014)
  • 2. BIOCOUTURE Crab Helmet
  • 3. Protocell Running Shoe
  • 4. Invisibility Fabric
  • 5. Green Screen Suit
  • 6. Wellpaper
  • 7. BioSuit
  • 8. Skinsuit
  • 9. 3D printer
  • 10. Electroloom
  • 11. Telepathy Tattoo
  • 12. Remote-Control Tattoo
  • 13. Tissue-Engineered Leather
  • 14. Bacterial Knitting
  • 15. Biogrown Textiles
  • 16. Wonderland
  • 17. Remote-Control Eyelashes
  • 18. “Circuit” Dress
  • 19. Barbie in Lights
  • 20. LED-Boosted Bling
  • 21. Starry Glow
  • 22. Philips “Fractal” Jewelry
  • 23. Electroluminescence
  • 24. Jellyfish Glow Paint
  • 25. Karma Chameleon
  • 26. Philips “Frisson”
  • 27. Glow Glove
  • 28. SENSOREE Emo-Top
  • 29. Philips Design
  • 30. More Philips Fractal
  • 31. Philips Living Jewelry
  • 32. Wash ‘n Wear Gadgets
  • 33. Eletrospinning
  • 34. Biomimetic Textiles
  • 35. CLIMATOLOGY Eco Fabrics
  • 36. Anti-Bacterial Like a Shark
  • 37. Onymacris Desert Water-Cage
  • 38. Polar Bear Fur Pavilion
  • 39. Cool Camo-Tweed
  • 40. Armourgel Protective Textile
  • 41. Self-Healing Fabric
  • 42. Polymer Magic
  • 43. Light-Activated Curtains
  • 44. CREATIF Consortium
  • 45. Babe in the Bubble
  • 46. “Hybrid Skins”
  • 47. Bart Hess Cyborg Couture
  • 48. Studio Roosegaarde Disappearing Dress
  • 49. Moloch Horridus
  • 50. “Yes But” Chair
  • 51. Hiroshi Ishii of the MIT Media Lab
  • 52. Credits Cover image: http://www.design.philips.com/philips/sites/philipsdesign/about/des ign/imagebank/skin_dresses.page 5 Wellpaper http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/89980dae-37cc-4183-98691ab5f9568e14/ via: http://www.tfrc.org.uk/author/jenny/ 1 crabshell/helmet http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/e92686fa-4672-4a3f-a559efe9de64fe5d/ via: http://biocouture.co.uk/crab-helmet/ 6 space BioSuit http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/914bb3d0-8a7b-44af-a645c81daec6314f/ via:http://www.nasa.gov/offices/oce/appel/ask/issues/45/45s_build ing_future_spacesuit.html 2 green-goo foot http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/05786887-8645-486c-8b6d00e43fb9ff48/ Via:http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/architecture-designblog/2013/jan/23/textile-futures-living-shoe-strawberry-lace 7 space Skinsuit http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/a82ad8fd-846e-40e0-81a59d829b95cb16/ via: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-01/27/astronautskin-suit-spacesuit 3 see-thru anorak http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/b6fb3591-1a46-4a32-a4c54e6a330491b7/ Via: http://lifeboat.com/ex/10.futuristic.materials 8 year 2050 wall-mounted 3D printer http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/0034f239-3603-4420-a1967f209702c287/ Via: http://www.bitrebels.com/technology/clothing-printerinnovative-get-clothes/ 4 Jim Carrey projection suit http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/a1e95a80-bf3d-486a-a0d514816613636d/ via: http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2011/06/06/jim-carrey-greenscreen-suit-movie-awards/ 9 Electroloom 3D printer http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/af46ef42-5201-469f-a14a5775fefa33ee/ via: http://www.fastcodesign.com/3024883/forget-sewingmachines-you-want-this-3-d-printer-to-make-clothes?goback= %252Egde_3992079_member_5830500444052414467#%2521
  • 53. 10 gold "tattoo" http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/f6293cb2-6083-41f2-9fce5b81fb97da25/ via: http://advancedtextilessource.com/2011/10/incredibly-smarttextiles/#!prettyPhoto 15 Wonderland water-soluble textiles http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/7dff33df-fb8e-4137-aa9195efdc29d00b/ via: http://www.helenstoreyfoundation.org/wonderland/1.htm 11 remote-control ribbon tattoo http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/b083b7c1-c72c-42ca-aa5556541fcc4576/ via: http://www.zdnet.com/wearable-tech-6-future-tech_p27000002331/ 16 remote-control eyelashes http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/701f2c43-ecd7-424c-906ffa29ace221d4/ via: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-01/28/motioncontrol-makeup 12 tissue-engineered leather (Modern Meadow) http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/168edd3b-a166-4a85-b1c63b24875a93cb/ via: http://txchnologist.com/post/31791674302/laboratory-leathercompany-to-mass-produce image: http://tcaproject.org/ 17 Nicky Assmann “circuit” dress http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/04c5bd97-4d6b-4689-9ceda1bc76f385b0/ 13 bacterial knitting http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/2a8e51c6-0019-4ec9-a05a2f323b96a5e8/ via: http://www.ecouterre.com/gross-or-glorious-austriandesigner-creates-clothing-from-your-bodys-bacteria/crochetmembrane-detail/ 18 Barbie http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/63bfb0f5-d291-4bd9-8d483e366e762f58/ via: http://mattelbrandsmedia.com/product.php? category=0&product=108 14 biogrown fabric http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/a08af366-c141-4800-97b903bebed65165/ via: http://www.popsci.com/technology/gallery/2013-08/10amazing-high-tech-fabrics?image=4 19 LED-boosted diamond ring http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/03f73314-a5bd-46b1-abd5d6a074e5d714/ image: http://hackaday.com/2013/05/20/adding-leds-to-anengagement-ring/ via: http://nickyassmann.net/
  • 54. 20 PAL Glow Reflective fabric http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/dde53104-80a3-4f18-ac576f911a165d5f/ via: http://www.innovationintextiles.com/clothing-footwear/thecolour-space-reflective-project/ 25 Philips "Frisson" SKIN Probe project http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/1296b60b-2109-4f6e-9fc709880a83d72b/ via:http://www.newscenter.philips.com/main/design/about/design/ designnews/pressreleases/skin_reddot2007.wpd#.Uvru8IVYz6a 21 Philips Design fractal jewelry (body/stars) http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/50a0d116-a975-45f7-a5133a173736bc42/ via:http://www.newscenter.philips.com/main/design/about/design/ designnews/pressreleases/pressbackgrounders/fractal_living_jew elry.wpd 26 light-up half-glove http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/76b07108-97ec-4295-87212c81f3203df5/ via: http://future-technologies-blog.blogspot.com/2012/10/h9portable-lighting-tool-news-design.html 22 Vega Wang glowing fashion http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/be68a8e5-2743-4192-952b0afdc2aff492/ via: http://fashiontribes.typepad.com/fashion/2012/10/technologythe-galaxy-fashion-that-glows-literally.html 27 blouse with light-up cowl (Sensoree) http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/bb7d5db4-f06b-40a9-b120e381dc973329/ 23 glowing road paint http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/81ff0d16-35a9-418f-a2ad5a71e1710b98/ via:http://www.forbes.com/sites/dianemehta/2013/05/16/designerdaan-roosengaarde-on-highways-jellyfish-and-clients-who-sayyes-but/ 28 biometric Philips Design adornment http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/b5b2d03a-e152-4f12-bb09e2965e1c473a/ via:http://www.newscenter.philips.com/main/design/about/design/ designnews/pressreleases/pressbackgrounders/fractal_living_jew elry.wpd 24 Karma Chameleon project http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/ca4f7675-8405-4587-965eac91c16d333d/ via: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article2311181/Karma-chameleon-Smart-clothes-change-shape-colourmove.html image: http://www.xslabs.net/karma-chameleon/site/introduction.php 29 Philips Design "fractal" jewelry (woman silhouetted & yelling) http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/6fe43ce6-26c9-403c-b77b90f29e574e8c/ via:http://www.newscenter.philips.com/main/design/about/design/ designnews/pressreleases/pressbackgrounders/fractal_living_jew elry.wpd http://sensoree.com/artifacts/ger-mood-sweater/
  • 55. 30 Philips Design Living Jewelry http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/a6eefda5-2881-448f-8cb5570df0501043/ http://www.newscenter.philips.com/main/design/about/design/desi gnnews/pressreleases/pressbackgrounders/fractal_living_jewelry. wpd 35 shark-inspired anti-bacterial fabric http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/2850b27e-79c7-46b7-8fa566b04ba4ec46/ via: http://sharklet.com/technology/ 31 wash & wear electronic-embedded fabric http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/69250e66-d41e-43cb-9451a912c4927f5b/ via: http://textilesupdate.com/smart-clothing-a-reality-in-future 36 Onymacris desert water-cage http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/946cc9c6-d29b-4832-996eeb845d393706/ via: http://www.karlmayer.com/internet/en/kmweltweit/5500.jsp image: http://www.karlmayer.com/internet/en/kmweltweit/5500.jsp 32 electro-spun spray-on skin http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/7a739d35-c385-4526-ac4b23694bb223e9/ via: http://boingboing.net/2005/04/12/extreme-textiles-art.html 37 sustainable Polar Bear pavilion http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/10c781e1-94e2-40bc-9ed0c0422885f6ab/ via: http://www.techtextil-blog.com/en/nachhaltig-bauen-mittechnischen-textilien/ 33 blue pinecone illustration http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/71862ca6-7b3c-4a19-82473030fde3461d/ via: http://www.inotektextiles.com/technology/ image: http://www.innovationintextiles.com/pine-cone-effect-to-beused-in-moisture-management-fabrics/ 38 camo-tweed for 2015 http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/955b3b2e-4fc7-49e4-8063fc8df6bbcd6a/ via: http://www.innovationintextiles.com/clothing-footwear/animalcamouflage-in-201516-schoeller-collection/ 34 Climatology: enviro-aware fabrics http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/c43fef73-9673-4a0f-99d0ca30ed4cf4e4/ via: http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-07/4-smarttextiles-youve-yet-see 39 Armourgel protective textile http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/64bfc77d-4128-44c6-b839cd5d47523c51/ via:http://www.raeng.org.uk/news/releases/shownews.htm? NewsID=909 image: http://www.pinkbike.com/u/mikekazimer/blog/RandomRandoms-Eurobike-2013.html
  • 56. 40 self-healing performance fabric http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/ca9c8728-94fc-4a28-97cd0925993a44e7/ via: http://www.edinburghbicycle.com/blog/2012/05/healingrevolution-bag/ 46 Bart Hess wax couture project http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/2fd15b2d-cbcd-424b-b0a4c5066fdf05eb/ via: http://fashiontribes.typepad.com/fashion/2013/10/afuturenetics-fashion-tribe-experiment-cyborg-couture-podcast1.html 41 monomer & polymer research http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/936d3d4e-df5f-4230-b1bb618606a103ef/ via:http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcolle ge/newssummary/news_8-1-2014-16-2-22 image: http://www.ektron.com/Blogs/Nicole-Rogers/We-tested-failed--and-analyzed--Why-Multivariate-Testing-is-like-HighSchool-Chem-/ 47 Studio Roosegaarde disappearing dress http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/a8c641b4-153e-4488-b6f08a02a5b236cf/ via: http://fashiontribes.typepad.com/fashion/2012/05/clothes-thatmake-music-change-color-generally-lead-a-glamorous-life-oftheir-own.html 42 light-activated smart curtains http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/b273e36f-fbc3-48b3-a86a8de90c1d083d/ via: https://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2014/01/09/smart-curtains/ 43 CREATIF project http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/611ec6f0-e6fd-4c67-a6d2d52ec3db264c/ via: http://www.diffus.dk/portfolio/creatif-2013-2016/ 48 Moloch Horridus by Maartje Dijkstra http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/c367364d-6605-474f-bc7868c2bd330292/ via: http://fashiontribes.typepad.com/fashion/2012/05/clothes-thatmake-music-change-color-generally-lead-a-glamorous-life-oftheir-own.html 44 the woman in the bubble http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/a45dc958-dcf3-4077-9a3c539efc7c5140/ via: http://www.fastcompany.com/1773462/smart-couturewearable-tech-finds-its-fi 49 the "Yes but" Chair http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/3dd2adf3-1593-4674-864a78e3ef4ef11b/ via:http://www.forbes.com/sites/dianemehta/2013/05/16/designerdaan-roosengaarde-on-highways-jellyfish-and-clients-who-sayyes-but/ image: https://twitter.com/byronki/status/322726643871383552 45 wax “body girdle” - Hybrid Skins http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/682de1ae-e8dd-4820-82f2b41c5c97ad83/ via: http://www.designboom.com/art/hybrid-skins-combinesfashion-with-nanotechnology-cloning-10-04-2013/ 50 Hiroshi Ishii of the MIT Media Lab http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/f/a04eb3bd-0395-40cd-b769134fe762a85d/ via: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-03/05/hiroshi-ishiimit-media-lab image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/simsvip/10339920545/
  • 57. About Lesley Scott • Lesley is a 5.0 Fashion Futurist & the eccentric EIC of Fashiontribes.com. She writes, blogs & podcasts daily using the lens of today’s tribes of Fashionland to look at the sweeping trends that are shaping tomorrow. • Her latest book is "THE FUTURE OF YOU" (2014) - covers all the hot technologies & deep trends that will impact your life in body, mind & spirit.
  • 58. CONTACT • • • Blog & Daily Podcast: http://Fashiontribes.com RSS: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/fashiontribesdaily On Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/fashiontribes-daily • Channel Curator for Sulia.com http://sulia.com/fashiontribes/ • Regular Contributor to Answers.com http://fashion.answers.com/expert/lesley-scott • • Twitter: @Fashiontribes Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/FashionTribescom/60110486833 • • LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/fashiontribes Email: Lesley@Fashiontribes.com