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Title: Innovative fashion design via the integration of interactive photonic textile technology
Authors: Zhao, CC 
Tan, J 
Bai, ZQ 
Hua, T 
Issue Date: 2014
Source: Fashion in Fiction Conference 2014. City University Hong Kong.12-14 June 2014
Abstract: The colors of conventional fashion clothing are passive. With the advancement of smart textiles, it is possible to adapt and interact with changeable colors via the integration of photonic textiles. Photonic textiles utilize Polymeric Optical Fibers (POFs), light emitting diodes (LEDs), sensors and controls to enable users to customize the emitted color and frequency of the garments. The design process involved in creating a POFs fashion design is very different to that of conventional fashion design. It is important to consider both the creative and aesthetic design of the garment with the seamless integration of technology. There is a gap within existing research which investigates the design process behind the development and creation of interactive POFs clothing. This paper will utilize the creative practice of the research group involved in this study as the main case study. It will study how the technological and creative aspects of the design process, support each other. The paper will also investigate how the customizable color changes via a remote control can affect the aesthetic perception and enhance the user experience of the viewer and wearer. Within the context of this paper, the researchers will investigate the design process of “Totem”. “Totem” is a POF interactive dress developed by the researchers which can adapt the colors of the light emission via the use of a typical Android mobile phone. This paper will also study the correlation between the construction of the garment and the placement of the technology. This research is innovative; it contributes to the advancement of knowledge of the design process behind the creation of smart clothing which had been neglected. Findings of this paper have the strong potential to contribute to the development of life-enhancing products.
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