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The fusion of technology and fashion

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 20 February 2018   |   By Rorisang Ndlovu
The fusion of technology and fashion

Fashion has always been a reflection of the time we live in. Each decade carries specific styles, cuts and patterns that were prominent for that era. As economies and companies grow a lot of things tend to evolve. Today technology plays one of the biggest roles in everybody's life. Artists and designers find ways and manners to reflect that through their products and ideas. Creators have to offer more innovative functional designs for the public as they start to embrace the possibilities that technology can offer. Just like fashion we use technology devices to make a subconscious fashion statement daily. A cellphone can reveal a lot about someone's identity and personality just as much as an outfit does. A true fashionista will never wear the same outfit twice and will continue exploring the market. Just like anyone who is interested in technology will always be looking for the latest updates, features and designs.
Many major fashion designers today incorporate technological methods in creating their collections like Iris Van Herpen, a Dutch fashion designer who learned to work with soft fabric but because of textile limitation she started to build, construct and sculpt. She incorporates 3D printing and hand stitching in her work and is highly celebrated for her innovative designs. In Botswana we are yet to see such developments of technology merging with fashion. For this to occur we still need to standardise, maintain and embrace the latest technology whether if it is programs, cellphones or accessibility of internet in general. The reason why the fashion in Botswana is still traditional and functional is because that is the capacity of what designers can offer and what our economy can sustain. with time and growth of these industries we will begin to see the reflection of the evolution of our development through our fashion.