The future of fashion: Israeli design students developing 'smart' clothes

"Wearable computing" fuses technology and textiles for apparel that seemingly stems from science fiction for a sashay down the runway.

September 2, 2015 17:06
hi tech clothes

Wearable computing designs at Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art. (photo credit: AHIKAM BEN YOSEF)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Israeli students are working toward redefining what it means to dress smart, as they work to design the future of clothing by incorporating function with fashion.

Software engineering and fashion design students at Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art in Ramat Gan are teaming up to fuse technology and textiles into "wearable computing."

Seemingly stemming from science fiction for a strut down the runway, the students are designing items such as camouflage dresses that change color depending on the wearer's surrounding and garments with integrated sensory functions that can monitor heart-rate.

Other prototypes of the new-age apparel being designed at Shenkar, include pieces that signal proximity to alcohol through hue variation and adapt depending on lighting levels.

The production of "smart' clothing will prove "to become an important sector in the hi-tech world," according to the heads of the college's software engineering and fashion design divisions.

"Wearable computing will become more and more an applicable part of our daily lives in the future," say software engineering department head Dr. Amnon Dekel and fashion design department head Leah Peretz. 

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Workers strike outside of the Teva building in Jerusalem, December 2017
December 18, 2017
Workers make explosive threats as massive Teva layoff strikes continue


Cookie Settings