Tech and Fashion’s Symbiotic Relationship

According to Christopher Burch, the world of technology and that of fashion have a symbiotic relationship when it comes to their growth. He goes on to add that whatever happens in the past and whatever is happening in the present in both worlds is an indicator of what lies in the future. A great example of a piece of technology that was fashionable in the past and it inspired the invention of its predecessors is the 70’s boom box. The boom box inspired the creation of the Walkman in the 90’s. Ten years after the 90’s, the need to have a similar experience as that given by the Walkman, but through a smaller gadget inspired the creation of the iPad. This was also a clear indicator of the growth of technology based on what was considered fashionable.
In our today world, fashion designers strive to create that which will stand out and they believe that the best way to do this is with technology. According to Anouk Wippercht, a Dutch fashion designer, marrying technology with fashion presents the designer with endless possibilities. Anouk is popular for her avant-garde designs.
In other cases, fashions grow via technology due to the need to protect people. An example is the airbag for cyclists created by Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin. An unopened airbag for cyclists, when compared to a helmet, allows better visibility while at the same time offers protection against injury. Another example is the Frontline Gloves credited to Kevin Cannon and Ashwin Rajan. They help firefighters communicate through hand gestures more easily. Designers are also creating fabulous fashion using recycled materials and merging technology and fashion to create energy. Mr. Soledad Martin is working on shoes that can charge a cellphone while one is walking or running.
Technology has also been known to rely on fashion to gain popularity. For example, the stigma of wearing glasses had hampered the growth of Google Glass until Diane Von Furstenberg came to its rescue. The top-notch designer had her models wear glasses on the catwalk making them look fashionable and acceptable to the public.
About Chris Burch
Chris Burch was born in 1953 and is the CEO and founder of Burch Creative Capital. He is also a co-founder of Tony Burch LLC. Chris Burch achieved billionaire status in 2012 and in the same year Forbes magazine profiled him in The World’s Billionaires section.
Burch has served on several boards, which are the Roman Institute Orthopedic Foundation, The Continuum Group and Guggenheim Partners. He is also a charitable man having donated $1.3 million to the Tilton School in 2013. Chris is a former president of The Pierre Hotel Co-op Board.