Undergraduate Degree




DA9004 Technology, Art and Fashion

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites:Nil; Academic Unit: 3.0]




Academic Unit


3 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

This course is designed to introduce the synergy between the fields of fashion, design, science and technology. The course examines the concept of merging a fashionable technology object deemed aesthetically pleasant with technically enhanced functionalities. This course is also designed as a tested for inspiring projects and resources that will stimulate a critical discourse.


A historical account of the concept will be covered, spanning the periods between 1956 and 2012. The use of clothing as a connective tissue between fashion, technology, science and art. Understanding the functionality of clothing as protection, decoration, social status and personal expression. Also covered will be the physique of the body as it relates to the shaping of a garment or accessory. An in depth review of body modifications and exaggerations as an art form will be covered as well.

Examples of artistic garments/accessories:  the singing dress, color changing garment based on mood, temperature or pollution levels, the garment as an amplifier of fantasy, and an interconnected series of garments utilizing social media as an embellishment..

Course Outline




Introduction, timeline and conceptual outline


Fashionable technology and fashionable wearables.


Materials and hardware (fabric types, batteries, wiring and surfaces).


Inspiration, creating mood board, sketching ideas and fashion figures.            


Selecting materials and drafting patterns.


Making a prototype from muslin


Finalizing the prototype and starting an original design


Construction and configuration of the actual design


Integration of the configured technology and materials


Continuation (of 9)


Critique and design tweaks


Preparation for final presentations


Final review of finished pieces

Learning Outcome

The students will be able to understand the context of the history and chronology of the relevant technology/techniques as it relates to the actual implantation. The instructor will introduce the student to the processes of sketching the garment, pattern making and sewing techniques and other skills that are required to embed technology to garments.  The student will engage in the application of the taught techniques with the end result being the creation of a functioning and wearable technology garment and/or accessory.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Project Review: 50%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 35%

  3. Class Participation: 15 %


Suggested Reading:

  1. Pakhchyan, Syuzi. Fashioning Technology:  Make: Books, 2008.

  2. NQuinn, Bradley. Techno Fashion: Berg, 2002.

  3. Seymour, Sabine. Functional Aesthetics: Springer/Wien, 2010.

  4. Braddock Clarke, Sarah E. and O’Mahony, Marie. Techno Textiles: Thames and Hudson, 2005