If you didn't have a chance to see the recent "Beauty" exhibit at the San Jose Museum of Art, then look for offerings from some of the key exhibitors namely BITE beauty, Mary Katrantzou, and Gareth Pugh. The exhibit presented a spectacular preview of a future where technology and design perfectly intertwine through the innovative use of new materials. There is no question that technology has impacted fashion. Designers like Iris Van Herpen and others have embraced 3D technology and electromagnetic patterns into their designs as recently explored at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's recent Manus x Machina exhibit. Mary Katrantzou’s vinyl appliqués reimagine traditional patterns and Gareth Pugh’s use of armor-esque drinking straw ensembles call attention to the issue of plastic waste. This exhibit, however, goes beyond traditional explorations of the impact of tech on fashion. It also explores the philosophical impact of living in a world where fashion, fine art, decor, and architecture are incorporating technology into the backgrounds of our lives. Take Neri Oxman’s 3D printed glass Vessels that reflect delicate, dancing light, or Jenny Sabin’s Polythread Knitted Textile Pavilion, a structure that incorporates solar reactive yarns that can absorb sunlight during the day and then emit them back in the dark.
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