This year, to celebrate the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator’s first year in operation, we want to acknowledge some of the individuals who have been alongside us, have inspired us and are part of the journey forward. To that end we are launching the first annual Pratt Institute/BF+DA Positive Impact Awards.
We asked Maddy where she saw technology and apparel appealing to society most in the next 5 years? Will it be more mainstream?
“I always like to refer to the Niels Bohr quote, ‘It’s hard to predict, especially about the future’ for these kind of questions. Just as I am unsure about future trends and fads, I’m also unsure of how technology and apparel will appeal to society in the next 5 years. What I am very passionate about, however, is how we can create enabling technologies for this industry. More than anything, I think that an industry with strong enabling tech is an industry that’s likely to succeed and currently, textile wearable tech doesn’t have this sort of infrastructure. Creating infrastructure is the best thing that we can currently do to ensure that enhanced apparel and textile wearable tech have a great chance of becoming an impactful market.
Any technology’s chance at ubiquity is limited by our ability to mass manufacture. At the moment, supply chains for smart apparel are limited and I think that by creating better practices and supply chains for producing textile circuits, we can contribute to a promising future. With that in mind, I think our actions now can create the answers to your questions and I can’t think of anything more exciting than that sort of opportunity to contribute to the future.”
RSVP for our awards ceremony here.