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

  • P. van Dongen, L. Toussaint, A.M. Smelik(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.

Hoofdstuk in boek

  • A.M. Smelik, L. Toussaint, L. Plate, A. Smelik, L. Munteán(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

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
  • Lianne Toussaint(2015): What if Wearable Tech Were Truly Wearable?
  • A.M. Smelik(2015): Cybercouture
  • A.M. Smelik(2015): Cybercouture
  • A.M. Smelik(2016): Cool and Trendy (26 oktober 2016
  • A.M. Smelik(2018): Science fashion

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.


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





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