Fashion of the Future


Unless they opt for life in a nudist colony, the 9 billion people on planet Earth in 2050 will still need clothes. From haute couture to ready-to-wear, the fashion industry will have to deal with multiple problems between now and 2050 : overproduction, poor working conditions in the textile chain, the use of chemical products… What’s more, fashion is in full metamorphosis and the scientific innovations technologies being developed promise incredible possibilities. Wardrobes of the future will include environmentally respectful and intelligent clothing worthy of the wildest sci-fi fantasies.

What will fashion look like in 2050? What new creative space will new technologies offer designers? What forms will textiles take in the future? Will we all design our own clothes in the future?

This episode will reveal how new technologies will transform fashion in 2050: 3D textile printing, intelligent clothes, new fibers, new sustainable materials that adapt to the body’s needs… A special guest appearance by JC de Castelbajac, the fashion designer.

The Dreamers
Iris Van Herpen, Designer, The Netherlands
Iris is a designer ahead of her time. She is turning women into veritable hybrids of the future, imagining what the shapes of tomorrow will be and inventing and producing new haute-couture materials.
Her dream : To put new tools at the service of creativity.

Joseph White & Aaron Rowley, Engineers, USA
These young and imaginative engineers are developing the very first personal textile 3D printer. With their project, they hope to democratize this technique so that by 2050, we will all be able to create and manufacture our own clothes.
Their dream : For every individual to be capable of printing his or her own clothes.

Pauline Von Dongen, Designer, The Netherlands
This young designer specializes in wearable technologies and technical, intelligent clothes : these include a running tee-shirt made of fabric containing threads of LED making it possible to be seen at night, and a connected clothing prototype that, thanks to solar cells, could prove itself a source of energy…
His dream : To make clothing useful and intelligent.

Anke Domaske, Designer, Germany
Anke Domaske uses milk proteins to produce 1000 tons of innovative fibers per year. They are biodegradable, as soft as silk, and represent a viable alternative to cotton.
Her dream : To transform milk into fibers for textiles.

Essie Glomb & Rasa Weber, Designers, Germany
These two Berliners belong to a new breed of young designers who are hyperconscious of the challenges associated with the environment. In their studio, named Blond and Bieber, they have developed a process for textile printing that uses a natural substance – algae.
Their dream : To color fabrics while preserving the planet.

Lining Yao, Engineer, USA
At MIT , in Boston, a group of researchers has succeeded in harnessing the unique mechanical properties of a bacterium that transforms itself depending on the humidity of the atmosphere. Lining Yao is searching for a way to use this fundamental discovery in the world of textiles.
His dream : To create living clothes.

The Experts
Harriet Worsley, Fashion journalist, VOGUE, UK
Farid Chenoune, Fashion historian, France
Nathalie Ruelle, Institut de la mode, France