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: 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
  • A.M. Smelik(2015): Cybercouture
  • Lianne Toussaint(2015): What if Wearable Tech Were Truly Wearable?
  • (2015): Cybercouture: twitteren met je trui
  • (2015): Cybercouture. Transformaties van lichaam en identiteit
  • (2015): Cybercouture. Transformations of Body and Identity
  • 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
  • L. Toussaint(2014): From Hardware to Softwear: The Future Memories of Smart Fashion
  • O. Tomico(2014): Crafting Wearables, #2 two-week workshop
  • P. Van Dongen, L. Toussaint(2014): Ready to Wear? The Possibilities, Potential and Pitfalls of 3D Printed Fashion
  • L. Toussaint(2014): Cut from the Same Cloth. Fashion featuring Technology
  • L. Toussaint(2014): Getting Things Moving: Shape Memory Materials in 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(2014): Wearable Technology
  • EenVandaag TV(2014): Smart Clothes are Hot
  • J. Teunissen(2014): Longing for a future society
  • P. Van Dongen(2014): Hypercrafting Fashion
  • A.M. Smelik(2014): Fashionable Technology
  • O. Tomico(2014): (Wearable) Tech meets design
  • P. Van Dongen(2014): Crafting Wearables
  • O. Tomico(2014): Crafting Wearables, two-week workshop
  • P. Van Dongen(2014): Interview during Fashion Night, WOW Amsterdam
  • P. Van Dongen, P. Tognazzi, R. Zoontjes(2014): Body-Informed 3D Printed Clothing
  • L. Toussaint(2014): Materiality and Experience
  • L. Toussaint(2014): Pretty Smart Wearables
  • P. Van Dongen(2015): Wearable Technology
  • M. Toeters(2015): Smart Fashion is economie én empathie
  • P. Van Dongen(2015): Welcome To Tomorrow
  • NPO NPO(2015): De Kennis van Nu
  • O. Tomico(2015): Close to the body
  • Financiële Dagblad(2015): Het nieuwe materialisme
  • P. Van Dongen(2015): Crafting Wearables
  • A.M. Smelik(2015): Cybercouture: over mode en technologie
  • O. Tomico, K. Höök, J. Buur, D. Wilde, A. Lucero(2015): Embodying Embodied Design Research Techniques (Workshop)
  • NOS NOS(2015): Je mobiel opladen aan een shirt met zonnecellen
  • O. Tomico(2015): Ultra-personalized fashion & connected health
  • RTL Nieuws(2015): Bright night: mode meets technologie
  • A.M. Smelik(2015): Digital Couture, Virtual Worlds
  • P. Van Dongen(2015): Fashion as an embodies interface
  • P. Van Dongen(2015): When Fashion and Technology merge together
  • O. Tomico, D. Wilde(2015): Soft, Embodied, Situated & Connected
  • J. Teunissen(2015): The Future of Fashion is Now
  • A.M. Smelik(2015): Draagbare technologie: een jurk met zonnepanelen
  • RTL Z(2015): Parka met zonnepaneel komt volgend jaar op de markt
  • Vrij Nederland(2015): Kleding kan steeds slimmer worden
  • P. Van Dongen(2015): Crafting Wearables
  • A.M. Smelik, J. Teunissen(2015): Mode voor morgen. Tussen expressie en duurzaamheid
  • P. Van Dongen(2015): 3D Printed Responsive Wearables
  • P. Van Dongen(2015): Ready to wear? Body informed 3D printed fashion
  • Sydney Morning Herald(2015): LED running shirt by Pauline van Dongen lights up path for nocturnal joggers
  • P. Van Dongen(2015): Crafting Wearables
  • O. Tomico, S. Robinson, J.E. Fischer, J. Clawson, D. Wilde, A. Lucero(2015): Mobile Collocated Interactions With Wearables (Workshop)
  • 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): Crafting Wearables
  • O. Tomico(2015): Textile thinking crossing over disciplines and scales
  • A.M. Smelik(2015): Wearable technology for the Creative Industries
  • A.M. Smelik(2015): Crafting Wearables: a Plea for Slowness
  • A.M. Smelik(2015): Visual talk on wearable technology
  • 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, M. Toeters, P. Tognazzi, Drs. L. Toussaint MA, R.M.P.J. Zoontjes


01/09/2013 tot 30/06/2018