Fashion

Blond and Bieber's dyes made from algae "don't harm nature at all"

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: in this movie filmed at Dutch Design Week, Essi Johanna Glomb and Rasa Weber of Berlin studio Blond and Bieber explain how algae can be used to create completely non-toxic textile dyes. Read more »

With smart textiles we can "download new colours or patterns" to our clothes

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: Francesca Rosella of interactive fashion brand CuteCircuit claims advances in digital "smart" fabrics will revolutionise the fashion industry, allowing us to download new styles for our clothes rather than buying new garments. Read more »

3D weaving can "reduce cost and improve structural integrity" in architecture

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: RCA graduate Oluwaseyi Sosanya shows us the 3D-weaving machine he invented, which he claims could be used to create better sportswear, medical implants and even architecture. Read more »

Clothes will shrink to fit "at the push of a button" within five years

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: micro-robotics and 3D-printing are poised to revolutionise fashion, says the designer of Lady Gaga's bubble-blowing dress, in the second part of our interview with Studio XO. Read more »

Software advances are "blurring boundaries between design disciplines"

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: architect and designer Daniel Widrig explains how he uses technology borrowed from the special effects business to design everything from jewellery to skyscrapers. Read more »

Wearable technology needs to "transcend the world of gadgets"

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: integration with the existing fashion supply chain is crucial to the development of a successful wearable technology industry, says solar-powered dress designer Pauline van Dongen. Read more »

Synthetic materials can "behave like living cells"

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: scientists are combining non-living chemicals to create materials with the properties of living organisms, says the creator of a self-repairing shoe made from protocells. Read more »

Advances in design software mean "materials are becoming media"

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: new technologies mean the design process is becoming akin to "creating a Hollywood film," says designer Francis Bitonti, who created a seamless 3D-printed dress for burlesque dancer Dita von Teese. Read more »

Microbes are "the factories of the future"

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: Suzanne Lee of BioCouture explains how she makes clothes that are "grown using bacteria" in this movie filmed at the Wearable Futures conference in London in December. Update: this interview is featured in Dezeen Book of Interviews, which is on sale now for £12. Read more »

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Clothes that change colour according to climate by Lauren Bowker

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Headgear to thwart mind-reading surveillance cameras by Fabrica researchers

Wearable Futures: researchers at Italian design centre Fabrica have created accessories that would deceive neuroimaging devices by diverting thoughts using electric shocks and flashing lights (+ slideshow). Read more »

3D printed shoes by Iris van Herpen and Rem D Koolhaas

Fashion designer Iris van Herpen and shoe designer Rem D Koolhaas have collaborated to create 3D-printed shoes that look like tree roots. Read more »

Intimacy 2.0 by Studio Roosegaarde

Dezeen Screen: beware of getting excited or embarrassed when wearing one of these dresses, as an increased heart rate will cause it to become transparent. Read more »

(No)where (Now)here: Two Gaze-activated Dresses by Ying Gao

Fashion designer Ying Gao has fabricated a pair of dresses that writhe around and light up when someone stares at them (+ movie). Read more »