Artist Talk: Anouk Wipprecht, FASHIONTECH: Rethinking Fashion in the Age of Digitalisation

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 1:00pm

Dutch FashionTech designer Anouk Wipprecht creates designs ahead of her time; combining the latest in science and technology to make fashion an experience that transcends mere appearances. She wants her garments to facilitate and augment the interactions we have with ourselves and our surroundings. Her Spider Dress is a perfect example of this aesthetic, where sensors and moveable arms on the dress help to create a more defined boundary of personal space while employing a fierce style. Partnering up with companies such as Intel, AutoDesk, Google, Arduino, Microsoft, Samsung, Adobe, Adidas, Cirque Du Soleil, Audi, Disney, Swarovski, and 3D printing company Shapeways she researches how our future would look as we continue to embed technology into what we wear, and more importantly – how this will change our perspective on how we will interface with technology.

Lecture will be followed by a short Question and Answer.

Presented by the Digital Futures Graduate Program and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Venue & Address: 
Room 322 (3rd Floor) at 230 Richmond St. W. Toronto, M5V 1V3
The 3D printed Spider Dress by Anouk Wipprecht [Source: Anouk Wipprecht]

Marie O'Mahony

Marie O–Mahony is an academic, consultant, author, practitioner and curator. Her teaching, research and practice spans advanced textiles and fashion, wearable technology, sustainability and future trends. Marie is Professor of Digital Futures at Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U) and has been a Visiting Professor at The University of the Arts, London, for eight years. Marie was previously Professor of Advanced Textiles for Fashion Design at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

If Star Wars had sports teams

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Matt Doyle

​OCAD U student Matt Doyle has put his design talent to work by designing logos based on characters from Star Wars.

“After seeing the new Star Wars film, I was inspired by the amazing new costume art Disney had created for the characters. Simply, my goal was to portray these new characters in a style that would resonate with sports, and subtly connect two completely different worlds together through nothing more than a stylized illustration,” says Matt.

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Pan Am exhibition spotlights high-tech athletic wear

Monday, July 20, 2015 - 4:00am

Professor Marie O’Mahony has curated an exhibition that examines the incredible evolution of sportswear and the technology that has enabled these advances. Smarter. Faster. Tougher. is on display at the Design Exchange’s satellite location in the Distillery District through to October 12.

Divided into four sections — ethnography, nature, fashion and performance — the exhibition features clothing for sports ranging from swimming to skiing and everything in between. Prototypes and futuristic designs such as a 3D printed bikini, shark-resistant wetsuits, cardigans that incorporate bulletproof material and shirts with heart-rate monitoring systems are on display.

A team of students from OCAD U’s Digital Futures program created an app that allows visitors to access additional information, images and videos on their smartphones as they tour the exhibition.

O’Mahony is professor of Digital Futures at OCAD U and has written a number of books on textiles and technology.

Smarter. Faster. Tougher. is presented and commissioned by Panamania and supported by CIBC.

Read more about the exhibition in The Toronto Star,, and


OCAD U Industrial Design students wow judges at the Rocket Show

Sarah Eldershaw's project on display at GradEx. Photo by Christina Gapic.

Imagine if you could easily make your own shoes from a bespoke mail-order kit. That’s what Sarah Eldershaw (Industrial Design, 2014) is making possible with her start-up company Shoe String Assemblies, which she began as her thesis project earlier this year. Her project won six prizes at the 2014 Rocket Showhosted by the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario (ACIDO) and held at the Design Exchange May 10 and 11.

Eldershaw wore a pair of her “moxfords” (i.e. a cross between oxfords and moccasins) throughout the event, which impressed the judges — and  a reporter from The Globe and Mail.  She plans to sell her customizable shoe kits online (likely through Etsy) and laser cut them to her customers’ unique design specifications. The kits are designed to make it relaxing and enjoyable to craft one’s own shoes. Creator-wearers stitch them together with the included needle and thread (and detailed instructions) and can even custom embroider them.

Eldershaw was one of six OCAD U students who picked up awards at the Rocket Show this year. Together, OCAD U students won more than half the prizes and awards, against competitors from Carleton University and Humber College. Other projects included consumer products, transportation concepts, healthcare innovations, furniture and sporting goods. 

OCAD U students who won or tied for prizes and awards this year include:
•    Sarah Eldershaw (six categories) 
•    Dayna Griffiths 
•    Magdalene Kan 
•    Jackie Kemp (two categories)
•    Valeria Stroukova (three categories)
•    Maximillian Wessman 

The Rocket show was founded in 2001 as an opportunity for ACIDO’s members to meet graduating designers in Ontario and celebrate their completion of undergraduate studies in Industrial Design.

Find out more

Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario (ACIDO

Complete list of winners