Crafting Wearables


An exciting new field in the creative industry is the integration of fashion and technology, for example by embedding electronics, microprocessors, solar panels, LEDs, or interactive interfaces into the fabric, textile, or clothing. Dutch designers like Pauline van Dongen, Iris van Herpen, Bart Hess, Lucy McRae, Marina Toeters and Anouk Wipprecht form the vanguard in the international field of fashionable technology. However, while the future of fashionable technology, or "wearables", has been announced many times, the praxis lags behind. Wearables rarely leave the lab or catwalk, because they are not tested through the entire production chain; the aesthetics of the design is not integrated in the technology; or they remain a gadget without taking into account the wearer's body, identity or performance. The interdisciplinary research project "Crafting Wearables" aims at designing wearables that are robust, fashionable as well as commercially viable within the production chain. In order to achieve this aim, the team and participating partners bring together the different fields of fashion, technology, industry, and academic scholarship. Through interrelated research projects the programme will bridge the gap between theory and practice, experiment and industry, and design and production. As a result, the project will not only craft wearables but also analyse how fashionable technology relates to identity, comprehend its social impact, bring technology closer to fashion design, and make it a competitive branch of the creative industry in The Netherlands.


Hoofdstuk in boek

  • L. Toussaint, A.M. Smelik, A. Smelik, L. Munteán, L. Plate(2017): Materializing Memory in Art and Popular Culture pp. 89 - 105 , New York
  • A.M. Smelik, A.M. Smelik(2017): Delft Blue to Denim Blue pp. 252 - 269 , London
  • M. Hlavajova, R. Braidotti, A.M. Smelik(2018): The Posthuman Glossary pp. 455 - 458 , London

Wetenschappelijk artikel

  • A.M. Smelik, L. Toussaint, P. van Dongen(2016): Solar Fashion International Journal of Fashion Studies pp. 287 - 303 ISSN: 20517106.
  • A.M. Smelik(2018): New Materialism International Journal of Fashion Studies pp. 33 - 54 ISSN: 2051-7106.

Professionele publicatie

  • A.M. Smelik(2017): Book Review pp. 103 - 106 ISSN: 1362-704X.
  • A.M. Smelik(2018): Book Review pp. 617 - 620 ISSN: 1362-704X.

Publicatie bedoeld voor een breed publiek

  • A.M. Smelik(2013): Cybercouture: twitteren met je trui pp. 116 - 117
  • A.M. Smelik(2013): Cybercouture: twitteren met je trui pp. 116 - 117
  • A.M. Smelik(2014): Cybercouture: emotional jeans or a twittering sweater
  • A.M. Smelik(2014): Cybercouture: je mobieltje opladen met je jurk pp. 168 - 169
  • A.M. Smelik(2015): Cybercouture
  • (2015): Cybercouture. Transformaties van lichaam en identiteit
  • (2015): Cybercouture. Transformations of Body and Identity
  • Lianne Toussaint(2015): What if Wearable Tech Were Truly Wearable?
  • A.M. Smelik(2015): Cybercouture
  • (2015): Cybercouture: twitteren met je trui
  • A.M. Smelik(2016): Cool and Trendy (26 oktober 2016
  • A.M. Smelik(2018): Science fashion
  • A.M. Smelik(2018): Science fashion


  • NRC NRC(2013): Smartphone opladen via jas en jurk met ingebouwde zonnepanelen
  • A.M. Smelik(2014): Fashionable Technology
  • P. Van Dongen(2014): Crafting Wearables
  • P. Van Dongen, P. Tognazzi, R. Zoontjes(2014): Body-Informed 3D Printed Clothing
  • O. Tomico(2014): Crafting Wearables, #2 two-week workshop
  • P. Van Dongen(2014): Interview during Fashion Night, WOW Amsterdam
  • EenVandaag TV(2014): Smart Clothes are Hot
  • L. Toussaint(2014): Pretty Smart Wearables
  • L. Toussaint(2014): Getting Things Moving: Shape Memory Materials in Fashion
  • O. Tomico(2014): Crafting Wearables, two-week workshop
  • A.M. Smelik(2014): How Does a Body-Without-Organs Dress?
  • P. Van Dongen, L. Toussaint(2014): Ready to Wear? The Possibilities, Potential and Pitfalls of 3D Printed Fashion
  • L. Toussaint(2014): Smart, Stirring, Swallowable: Thinking the New Material(ism)s of Fashionable Technology
  • L. Toussaint(2014): Materiality and Experience
  • J. Teunissen(2014): Longing for a future society
  • P. Van Dongen(2014): Wearable Technology
  • L. Toussaint(2014): From Hardware to Softwear: The Future Memories of Smart Fashion
  • P. Van Dongen(2014): Hypercrafting Fashion
  • O. Tomico(2014): (Wearable) Tech meets design
  • L. Toussaint(2014): Cut from the Same Cloth. Fashion featuring Technology
  • P. Van Dongen(2015): 3D Printed Responsive Wearables
  • A.M. Smelik, J. Teunissen(2015): Mode voor morgen. Tussen expressie en duurzaamheid
  • P. Van Dongen(2015): Welcome To Tomorrow
  • O. Tomico(2015): Close to the body
  • RTL Nieuws(2015): Bright night: mode meets technologie
  • NPO NPO(2015): De Kennis van Nu
  • P. Van Dongen(2015): Crafting Wearables
  • P. Van Dongen(2015): Crafting Wearables
  • RTL Z(2015): Parka met zonnepaneel komt volgend jaar op de markt
  • P. Van Dongen(2015): Crafting Wearables
  • P. Van Dongen(2015): When Fashion and Technology merge together
  • P. Van Dongen(2015): Ready to wear? Body informed 3D printed fashion
  • M. Toeters(2015): Smart Fashion is economie én empathie
  • O. Tomico, K. Höök, J. Buur, D. Wilde, A. Lucero(2015): Embodying Embodied Design Research Techniques (Workshop)
  • A.M. Smelik(2015): Visual talk on wearable technology
  • A.M. Smelik(2015): Crafting Wearables: a Plea for Slowness
  • O. Tomico(2015): Close to the body, Reflections on the role of the context, the body for material explorations in interaction design
  • O. Tomico(2015): Ultra-personalized fashion & connected health
  • Sydney Morning Herald(2015): LED running shirt by Pauline van Dongen lights up path for nocturnal joggers
  • Vrij Nederland(2015): Kleding kan steeds slimmer worden
  • O. Tomico, D. Wilde(2015): Soft, Embodied, Situated & Connected
  • A.M. Smelik(2015): Digital Couture, Virtual Worlds
  • P. Van Dongen(2015): Wearable Technology
  • J. Teunissen(2015): The Future of Fashion is Now
  • O. Tomico(2015): Textile thinking crossing over disciplines and scales
  • P. Van Dongen(2015): Crafting Wearables
  • A.M. Smelik(2015): Wearable technology for the Creative Industries
  • P. Van Dongen(2015): Fashion as an embodies interface
  • A.M. Smelik(2015): Draagbare technologie: een jurk met zonnepanelen
  • NOS NOS(2015): Je mobiel opladen aan een shirt met zonnecellen
  • Financiële Dagblad(2015): Het nieuwe materialisme
  • O. Tomico, S. Robinson, J.E. Fischer, J. Clawson, D. Wilde, A. Lucero(2015): Mobile Collocated Interactions With Wearables (Workshop)
  • A.M. Smelik(2015): Cybercouture: over mode en technologie
  • A. Smelik(2016): Crafting Wearables: A Plea for Slowness
  • A.M. Smelik(2016): Fashion, Creativity, and Design
  • A. Smelik(2016): Crafting Wearables
  • A.M. Smelik(2017): Invited lecture ‘New Materialism as a Theoretical Framework for Fashion Studies’
  • A.M. Smelik(2017): Keynote lecture ‘The Challenge of Wearable Technology'
  • A.M. Smelik(2018): Invited lecture ‘Fractal Folds: Fashion in the Age of Technological Innovation’
  • A.M. Smelik(2018): Introduction and chairing
  • A.M. Smelik(2018): Radio Interview 'Draag jij deze kleren in de toekomst?'





Prof. dr. A.M. Smelik

Verbonden aan

Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Instituut voor Historische, Literaire en Culturele Studies


D.S.S. Albrechtsen MA, Drs. M. Couwenberg, Drs. P. van Dongen, Drs. P. van Dongen, Drs. P. van Dongen, M. Toeters, P. Tognazzi, Drs. L. Toussaint MA, R.M.P.J. Zoontjes


01/09/2013 tot 30/06/2018