An exhibition re-imagining our relationship to fashion, textile design, and computational technology as an interactive media. 


How can technology and fashion inform one another to help us better understand our world? Wearable Media presents Future Textile Library, an exhibition that explores the intersection of fashion, e-textile design, and computational technology. On view are innovative sartorial works that showcase the potential of smart apparel and reimagine the body’s relationship to fashion and technology as an interactive media. Premiering at Future Textile Library is AudRey, a garment that combines augmented reality, 3D printing technology, and analysis from Instagram to reveal the wearer’s digital “aura.” Also on view is Project Reefstone, a garment that reflects global warming’s effects on coral reefs through fabric panels laser-cut according to global temperature index, and Ceres, a jumpsuit that vibrates based on the frequency and distance of near-Earth asteroids.

Download the press kit here and check out our documentary video produced by EdLab.



October 21- December 22, 2017



Gottesman Libraries

525 W 120th St,
New York 

Wearable Media’s “Future Textile Library” runs October 21–December 22, 2017, at EdLab, Teacher’s College at Columbia University. This exhibition has been created in collaboration with Jean Chandler at Womanufacture, and with HEISEL, a design lab for 3D-printed textiles.




Panel Discussion

October 27 6:00pm- 8:00pm

@ The Gottesman Libraries, 525 West 120th Street, Room 306

Wearable Media is hosting a panel discussion on October 27, 2017, including a diverse group of women working in the field of fashion technology, textile design, and anthropology. The panel will open conversations about the current technologies applied to e-textile design, as well as how human behavior shapes our surroundings through clothing, culture and technology.

6:30pm - 6:45pm Intro By

Yuchen Zhang, Co-Founder and CEO of Wearable Media

6:45pm - 7:40pm Panel Discussion


Jingwen Zhu, Co-Founder of Wearable Media

Sabine Seymour, Founder and CEO of SUPA

Urmila Mohan, Bard Graduate Center/AMNH Postdoctoral Fellow in Museum Anthropology

Annelie Koller, Human Ecologist, Founder The Lady Tech Guild 


Hellyn Teng, Co-Founder of Wearable Media



Workshop Series: Intro to Wearables

October 27 4:00pm -  5:30pm

@ The Gottesman Libraries, 525 West 120th Street, 2nd Floor

This is an introductory course in which students will gain an understanding of the circuit technology used in clothing design to create e-textiles. Students can expect to come away with a basic knowledge of completing circuits, conductivity, and resistance. During the workshop, students will learn how to integrate these technologies and materials to design an interactive t-shirt.



Workshop Series: Connecting Data to Textiles

November 10, 4:00PM-5:30PM

@ The Gottesman Libraries, 525 West 120th Street,room 305

This workshop will teach the basics of creating wearable design with data. Students will learn how to collect data and integrate and transmit this information to create smart apparel via sensory technology, Arduino programming, and web development. By the end of the workshop, students will have developed a wearable e-textile swatch that collects data from the wearer’s body movements and then visualizes the data on a web app.



Workshop Series: Kinetic Textiles

December 1, 4:00 -5:30 pm

@ The Gottesman Libraries, 525 West 120th Street,room 305

This workshop will explore the relationship between sound and textiles, in the form of a kinetic e-textile swatch. Students will learn how to generate movement in textiles using magnets and copper wire, as well as mic sensor to capture sound which actuates movements. Preprogrammed wearable microcontrollers will be provided for sound input, and the students will be primarily learning how to physically construct, sew, and embed kinetic components into the textile. By the end of the workshop, students will have developed an e-textile swatch that can kinetically move to sound.