Coats that turn into tents; garments that change colour and texture in response to temperature fluctuations; interactive clothes that reveal the wearer’s mood — ‘Mode In Flux’ explores notions of adaptability in fashion design. CfFC catches up with White Line Projects and MA Fashion Curation Alumni Fiona McKay and Xenia Capacete Caballero to talk about their latest exhibition.
Curatorial and design studio White Line Projects brings Mode in Flux to Roca London Gallery this summer to showcase some of the leading ideas around adaptability being championed by emerging and established designers today. This exhibition displays the work of various emerging and established fashion innovators, for whom versatility, functionality, comfort and freedom are crucial.
The exhibition will explore adaptability in fashion by design innovators including: Maria Blaisse, Hussein Chalayan, Ying Gao, Grado Zero Espace, Eunjeong Jeon, Mason Jung, Michiko Koshino, Massimo Osti, Maharishi, Lucy McRae, Issey Miyake, NikeLab x Sacai, Chen Peng and T H E U N S E E N.
Smart clothing, wearable spaces, multi-functional designs and responsive sportswear have seen a major development in research and production within recent years. It is through this type of innovation that we can become more efficient and slow down our consumption, but also change the way we experience fashion. Whilst some brands aim to have less impact on the environment, others help us to adapt to multiple and ever-changing lifestyles. Smart textiles and garments uniquely allow us to communicate our surroundings, contexts and environment, as well as physical and emotional changes.
White Line Projects said: “We want this exhibition to push for answers around making garments that are relevant for our time. Many people have experimented with smartwear, but who is actually achieving results with clothing that goes beyond simply covering the body; are fashion designers making a real impact on well-being and clothing sustainability?”
Fusing fashion with engineering, science, technology and art, these experimental and conceptual works question issues of desirability, functionality and sustainability in clothing.