Friday 5: Five Stories That Changed The Way We Think About Fashion

Every week we put together our Friday 5 -five stories that compel us to read the lead sentence to the last sentence of an article. Here are our top 5 this week.

Wearables could soon be made of silk: Scientists are feeding silkworms GRAPHENE to make them produce strong and flexible materials that can also conduct electricity

“From smart socks to workout clothes that measure exertion, wearable body sensors are becoming the latest ‘must-have’ technology. Now, scientists are on the cusp of making them even stronger and more flexible, using silks. In a new study, scientists have been feeding silkworms graphene to make them produce strong and flexible materials that can also conduct electricity. The silk produced could be used to build more realistic robots that can sense touch, temperature or humidity and even distinguish between people’s voices.”

Via Daily Mail

What Does It Actually Mean to Shop Ethically?

“…if something is artisanal, does that automatically make it ethical? Like any industry, there are brands that excel, brands that could do better, and no 100 percent foolproof formula for getting it right.”

Via Racked

How wearable tech is giving people a sixth sense: Are health trackers imparting a permanent psycho-awareness of our bodies?

“If you use a wearable long enough, you may not need one anymore. Some forms of health data tracking can increase users’ bodily awareness, according to the 2016 book Self-tracking, written by University of Washington data scientist Gina Neff and Intel research scientist Dawn Nafus. “The data becomes a ‘prosthetic of feeling’, something to help us sense our bodies,” they write. Eventually, like training wheels, the technology may be discarded altogether.”

Via The Outline

Neo-Nazis are using fashion in an attempt to normalize. The fashion industry needs to speak up.

“…the relevance of fashion in the conversation about racial hatred goes well beyond any particular brand. For an observer cognizant of the internal symbols and visual language of white nationalists, there was a lot to read: neo-Nazi, Proud Boy, skinhead, alt-right. But for the uninitiated, the style of dress was unremarkable. This wasn’t a crowd filled with white robes and hoods.”

Via The Washington Post

Image: New York Times

Save New York City’s Fashion Factories

“We are a global fashion capital because this vibrant, innovative neighborhood has existed for nearly a hundred years. Within these blocks — between 35th and 40th Streets and Sixth and Ninth Avenues — all the components of the fashion process are within walking distance. This synergy brings hundreds of aspiring designers to New York each year to learn their craft and start their lines, and it sustains some 200,000 jobs and generates billions of dollars of revenue every year. Broadway and Off Broadway theaters as well as Lincoln Center costume houses all use the garment district daily. The fashion schools, including F.I.T., Parsons, Pratt, LIM, Kent State and others that have branches here, use the district as a springboard for young talent. The development corporation’s plan puts all of this at risk.”

Via the New York Times

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