In addition to workshops, studios, lectures and independent studies, FTC collaborates with faculty from other colleges at UC, nationwide, and internationally on design projects related to fashion, textiles and technology. Our labs have gained notoriety in publication and press regionally, nationally and internationally.
Fashion in Extended Reality Online Conference
Please join the exthereal virtual conference on Nov 29-Dec 1 and discover digital fashion with industry visionaries! Registration is free. Sign up at www.exthereal.com
Click the image to view the documentary film produced in collaboration with the Digital Media Collaborative and students from the Electronic Media program at UC. The documentary showcases the FTC's Wearable Futures Lab and highlights the innovation of the Fashion Technology Center its impact for the future, as well as examining future risk factors for wearable tech.
Fashion Technology Center has played a vital role in developing Carbon Nanotube Hybrid Textiles for use in personal protective equipment (PPE) and other commercial applications. The CNT team, led by Assistant Professor Ashley Kubley, has been working on developing smart material composites with superior properties like extreme heat resistance, superior contaminant filtration, moisture wicking, conductivity, hydrophobicity and many other customizable properties. These materials are designed to be included in firefighter turnout gear and baselayer garments, face protection for healthcare workers and first responders, and can also be custom-designed for commercial applications for garments and textile products that can outperform the materials on the market today. The team has patented the technology and is currently in prototype development. The project has utilized machinery and software in each of the Fashion Technology Center labs for this research. The project was part of the 1819 Innovation Hub's Venture Lab Pre-Accelerator program and has received multiple grants and publications.
Covid-19 Quick Response Effort
Producing Masks for First Responders and Healthcare Workers in Need During the Pandemic
For this project, DAAP Fashion students in Surface Design course were asked to creatively apply the embellishment techniques to design and create a custom mask that conceptually speaks to how the COVID-19 crisis has affected them or someone that they know. Students carefully considered materials, scale, placement, execution, technique and finishing for the design and creation of these unique, decorative and functional pieces.