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.


Wetenschappelijk artikel

  • A.M. Smelik, P. van Dongen, L. Toussaint(2016): Solar Fashion International Journal of Fashion Studies pp. 287 - 303 ISSN: 20517106.

Hoofdstuk in boek

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

Professionele publicatie

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


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





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