Technology and cloth have been intertwined since the dawn of humankind. But it was the Industrial Revolution — the transformation of an agrarian and handicraft economy to one dominated by industry and machine manufacturing — and later chemical and biological innovation that took what we wear to levels that are almost beyond recognition.
What constitutes clothing has progressed from poly-fabric blends to World War 1 utility, from colour-changing cloth to the digital roam of internet-connected wearable computing. The birth of non-fungible token-infused accessories, smart rings and hearing aids with artificial intelligence is unsurprisingly married to the Cold War dystopia of 1984, the gadgets of James Bond and a dash of Italian fashion.
Clothing and technology have never been more connected than in 2022; whether on earth, in code, or within the meta-madness of our modern civilisation. The internet age has led to avatars sporting Thom Browne, video game characters reselling Gucci purses and virtual Balenciaga collections for more than their real-life counterparts; NFT shoes evoke Nike’s pervasive might. Technology is now physically embedded within our fashion, from thread to finish.