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, postcity.com, Azuremagazine.com and realstylenetwork.com.