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  • Bangladesh is building “garment villages” in an effort to double its clothing exports by 2021.
  • It has already doubled its clothing exports in the last 4 years.
  • Exports have cut its poverty rate, but also "exploited the nation’s poorest and most desperate, leading to the gratuitous and preventable deaths of thousands."
  • 2 companies are commercializing the technology with consumer fashions that allow one to project any electronic text or image desired
  • Downloadable content removes the need for a large wardrobe because you can change the design on a single piece
  • Wearers control the fabric's visuals via Bluetooth with an app
  • Media company Condé Nast recently invested in e-commerce fashion/lifestyle startup to compete with Net-A-Porter
  • Net-A-Porter, Asos, Michael Kors, John Lewis and J Crew have all had "staggering growth" in their companies via e-tailing
  • Retail locations are increasing emphasis on multi-sensory, experiential browsing and building brand loyalty and less on actually selling
  • The algorithm uses a combination of computer vision and machine learning to help you identify what to wear by comparing against a range of "fashionability factors"
  • It scores your facial attributes, including ethnicity, emotion, age and beauty, giving a thumbs up or down after reviewing metadata of your outfit photos on Instagram
  • An organic cotton suit lined with a crocheted netting containing mushroom spores assists in decomposition
  • The concept is the brainchild of artist and MIT research fellow Jae Rhim Lee
  • Lee says she imagines her suit being used above ground, but covered.
  • The prototype uses an electrospinning technique to turn a liquid into a seamless fabric, spraying the solution onto a shaped mold to create a garment without the need for stitching
  • It uses an internal electric field inside the printer chamber to guide fibers onto whatever shape designers want
  • Mass-producing a traditional shoe costs several dollars; a 3-D printed shoe costs several hundred
  • 3D printed materials not as durable as traditional; lack of gel, leather and foam make them uncomfortable
  • Bendable, flexible options like NinjaFlex do exist for use in 3-D printers, but high cost of materials is a barrier
  • 3D printed fashion debuted in NYC on April 16, 2015 with a show featuring customized pieces
  • The show was sponsored by Materialise and curated by Natacha Alpert, founder of 3D printing consulting firm MIRAS3D
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