Joanna Berzowska at FASHION ZONE, Ryerson

Quantified Threads: Future Fashion in the Cloud

by Ryerson University’s Fashion Zone

What’s next for the future of fabric? Join us for an evening event with industry expert, Joanna Berzowska, to discuss programming and fabrication of smart textiles!

Joanna comes to us with a wealth of experience in the field of fashion technology as an Associate Professor of Design and Computation Arts Department at Concordia University in Montreal, as well as the founder and research director of XS Labs, a design research studio with a focus on innovation in the fields of electronic textiles and reactive garments. She is also the Head of Electronic Textiles at OMsignal, a wearable and smart textile platform that enables leading fashion brands to design smart apparel.

XS Labs, founded in 2002, is a design research studio that develops innovative work in the area of electronic textiles and reactive garments. In the last three years, we have been working to develop a new generation of composite fibers that have computational functionality. The core technical innovation involves shifting this functionality entirely within the fiber itself. The goal of their latest project, entitled “Karma Chameleon,” is to develop a prototype for an all-fiber based textile garment that can harness, sense, and display energy.

When a material integrates computational behavior, how do we “program” such a garment? In addition, how will these garments fit into the big-data ecology of the “quantified self”?


The Joe Fresh Centre

10 Dundas St E. (Yonge and Dundas)

3rd Floor


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