MakeFashion: Wearable Technology

Launched in June 2012 by a trio of Calgarians, MakeFashion has produced over 30 wearable tech garments and showcased at over 20 international events. We introduce high-end fashion designers and artists to the exciting world of wearables through a series of informative, hands-on, designer-lead workshops. Our annual gala in Calgary, Canada debuts new collections of innovative fashion technology combined with theatre and performance. MakeFashion has showcased around the world including New York, Rome, and Shenzhen.

Imagine a world where your clothes regulate your body temperature, monitor your vital signs, and your necklace begins to glow when the sun goes down.

Today, this is achievable. MakeFashion explores the potential of merging fashion with cutting-edge electronics. MakeFashion is an initiative that introduces designers, engineers, and makers to cutting edge new technologies: fusing high-tech and high-fashion on the runway.

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MakeFashion in Make: Magazine

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Video: MakeFashion 2016 by Standout Publications

Thanks Standout Publications for attending our 2016 gala and the fantastic video coverage of the event. This video includes MakeFashion 2016 projects including Cosmic Carbon, Ex Machina, Lumen Couture, ALLELES Design Studio, and Virtually Vogue.
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Thank you for an amazing 2016 Gala!

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2016 Gala. It was an incredible…

Project Sneak Peek: Nexxus

Fashion is that one thing that helps us express who we are, for ages and throughout cultures, fashion has defined our personalities. The two dresses represent the connection among women of different generations.

Twitter Contest: Win 2 Tickets to the MakeFashion Gala!

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Project Sneak Peek: Musethereal

Angie C, a Calgary-based singer-songwriter and musician with an educational background in Neuroscience presents “Musethereal” a project showcasing the interrelation between music and consciousness. During the MakeFashion Gala, Angie will perform her debut single, ‘City in the Sky’, while wearing a brainwave controlled LED dress that will light up and change colour according to what is happening in her brain. The runway will also feature four Psyleron Mind Lamps, which will show the cohesiveness of consciousness in the room with an interactive light display.

Project Sneak Peek: Mimic

Sahrye Cohen and Hal Rodriguez are pleased to submit a thrilling project for the 2016 MakeFashion Gala! Mimic is a Chameleon dress, changing colors in reaction to the environment. The dress uses sensors to measure object colors, changing the color of the dress through LED lights on 3D printed motifs. The wearer of the garment controls the color through the use of color swatches.

Project Sneak Peek: Lumen Couture

We are thrilled to announce Illuminated Textiles, a project for our 2016 gala by Chelsea Klukas and Chris Corner! Illuminated Textiles will utilize projection mapping to create a garment alive with light and motion. The project is designed by Chelsea Klukas, MakeFashion C0-Founder, engineered Chris Corner, featuring animations from illustrator Michael Mateyko of KOMBOH. The team has been broadcasting lifestream video of works in progress on Twitch and YouTube.
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Project Sneak Peek: Matt LaPrairie

We are excited to announce a new collection from returning designer Matt LaPrairie to be showcased at our 2016 Gala. Obscure Shadow for MakeFashion is a collection of outfits that will show the five elements: earth, wind, fire and water. Each garment will be created using a combination of carbon fiber, fiber optics and electronics. Matt has previously showcased in our 2015 MakeFashion gala with the Obscure Shadow Collection.


MakeFashion designers and makers include Erina Kashihara, Dr. Patricia Flanagan, Laura Dempsey, Angela Dale, Kyle Nylund, Jeff DeBoer, Elle Nguyen, Rainbow Winters, Vlad Lavrovsky, Ben Reed, and Shannon Chappell. See the full list of MakeFashion wearables designers.

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Featured Designers:

Tribal Tech

An electrified bellydancer with fiber optic clusters and individually addressable LEDs.

Tech Tie

Stores and displays data with 16 LCD OLED screens.

Phi: Illuminated Designs

A geometric high-fashion wearable tech collection.

Virtually Vogue

Wedding gown with lights and color controlled by the bride.