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Avant-Garde, Technologically Advanced Fashion is Theme of Kent State University Museum Exhibit, Shifting Paradigms

Posted Oct. 29, 2013

Shifting Paradigms: Fashion + TechnologyProfessors from the Kent State University School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, Margarita Benitez and Noël Palomo-Lovinski, recently opened their co-curated exhibit, Shifting Paradigms:  Fashion + Technology at the Kent State University Museum in the Broadbent Gallery through Aug. 31, 2014.  The exhibition examines present examples of clothing, accessories, and online business models that utilize or are developing new types of technologies.  The exhibit features a diverse collection of technologically advanced and avant-garde fashion and accessories.  Visitors will appreciate the collaborative creative output of these designers, artists and technologists, which are beautiful and suggest the enormous possibilities for the future of fashion.   The Kent State University Museum is located in Rockwell Hall, on the corner of Main Street (Route 59) and S. Lincoln Street on the campus of Kent State University.    This exhibit is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.  For more information, please call 330-672-3450 or visit Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students up to age 18, free for Kent State University faculty, staff and students.  Parking is free.  Hours for the Museum as well as the Museum Store, located just inside the lobby, are Wed., Fri., Sat. 10 am – 4:45 pm, Thurs., 10 am – 8:45 pm and Sun., 12 pm – 4:45 pm.

"There are some amazing pieces from local, national and international designers and artists. One of the pieces, Intimacy White by Studio Roosegaarde, is a dress made of smartfoils that turns transparent when you get close to it. I think this dress is particularly special to show here due to the history of LCD technology and KSU," said Benitez. 

Shifting Paradigms: Fashion + Technology is divided into four sections. Generative Technology uses algorithmic patterns on a computer to create surprising design outcomes.  Democracy of Preference presents mass customization tools that allow consumers to co-create with brands and designers to create one-of-a-kind individualized products. Technology and Expression examines designer's ability to utilize technology in new and exciting uses, expanding notions of creativity and communication.

The DIY portion of the exhibition explores fashion technology within the making movement by showcasing toolkits and materials anyone can use in their own creations and designs. 

"I'm particularly fond of the DIY sections as I love the fact that anyone with a little time and not so much money can play with integrating technology into their own fashion creations," said Benitez, whose passion lies in interactivity and interaction design with an emphasis on interactivity in textiles and fashion."  

This exhibit will be an eye-opening experience into advancements affecting the way everyone dresses or interacts with fashion in the future," said co-curator and professor Palomo-Lovinski. "The exhibition is unique in Ohio and Kent State Museum. We have an amazing collection of international and national cutting-edge artists."

Full list of designers included in the exhibition:

1 X 1 Studio (Cait Reas + Casey Reas)
Beta brand
Cedric Flazinski
Mary Huang
Nervous Systems
Simon Thorogood
Marloes ten Bhomer
Ying Gao
Zaha Hadid
Valérie Lamontagne
Anke Loh
Alexander McQueen
Bryan Oknyansky
Anastasia Radevich
Studio Koya
Studio Roosegaarde
Lisa Shahno
Squid London
American Apparel Thermochromic T-Shirt
Stoll Fashion & Technology
Otto Von Busch

We are also including some snippets of runway shows and images from these fashion designers:

Alexander McQueen
Hussein Chalayan
Balenciaga by Nicholas Ghesquiere
Issey Miyake
Iris Van Herpen
Viktor & Rolf


For more information contact:
Effie A. Tsengas,, 330-672-8398