Xie Mengdi, leading fashion researcher at the School of Design of Central Academy of Fine Arts
Zheng Qi, founder of Hologarment
December 29,2021 / 19:00-20:30
About The Event
The rise of virtual fashion has led to proliferation of garment production technology in the modern world and given the traditional art of ‘weaving’ a whole new meaning. With the support of artificial intelligence technology, weaving has become flexible and effective, and the activity of weaving is now performed by algorithms and programs in the new field of virtual fashion manufacturing. The transition from the ‘physical’ to the ‘virtual’ encourages us to reimagine the role and value of textiles and fabrics: does fabric take on a different meaning since the process of weaving textiles is no longer connected to the human body or tied to any physical spaces, such as the domestic environment? How does traditional garment culture develop and flourish in the digital environment, given that the textile industry is often considered an interpreter of East Asian spirituality? How will digital textiles co-exist with physical garments in the future? Will it become like the ‘the Future Looms’, as depicted by Sadie Plant? In this talk, Zheng Qi, the founder of Hologarment, and Xie Mengdi, a leading fashion researcher at the School of Design of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, were invited to share and discuss the new possibilities of textile in the context of the digital age.