Expanding garment functionality through embedded electronic technology

Lucy E. Dunne, Susan P. Ashdown, Barry Smyth

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Electronic technology offers exciting new possibilities for functional clothing design. Technology allows a garment's functionality to become dynamically adaptable, changing in response to environmental or situational changes. However, there are many challenges to integrating electronic technology into a textile-based garment structure. This paper outlines some of the possibilities and challenges to apparel designers in this new field, and highlights the importance of the apparel design perspective in the successful design of wearable technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2005


  • Apparel design
  • Functional clothing
  • Smart clothing
  • Wearable computing
  • Wearable technology


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