I don't just research historical apparel for costume designers. I also research the future. I went to Maker Faire over the weekend. I went to several talks, but two of the best on fashion were Danit Peleg's talk on 3D printing an entire fashion collection. I've some 3D printed clothing in the past few years, but this was some of the best. It had bounce and buoyancy as well as a lacy quality. Danit also printed her shoes and accessories. The photo is of 3 of Danit's garments she had on models the day of her talk. Danit is from Tel Aviv and is doing a world tour on her 3D printed fashions.
The second amazing talk during my Maker Faire weekend, was from Amanda Parkes. Amanda is a biomedia designer and fashion technologist working on the new model for fashion, fabrication, and research. Amanda talked about fashion beyond lighting up with LEDs and smart watches. Clothing of the future might be where your whole garment is made up with battery fibers that can charge your devices. The fibers get recharged in the washing of the garment. Amanda also talked about the future of biological clothing. Garments that are made of lab built proteins. The possibility of funeral garments, instead of embalming fluid, that return your body to natural dirt state by using the fungus of mushrooms. Amanda's company is Skinteractive Studios, and it is the most excited I've be about the future of fashion in a long time.