Wearable technology a revealation at sold-out fund-raiser

It was a sold out show for “Techburlesque,” a fundraiser held at the Endeavor Arts & Events Space Jan 17.

The main objective of “Techburlesque” was to raise money for the big fashion gala known as “Make Fashion.”

Make Fashion, which happens March 1, was introduced to Calgary by Shannon and Maria Hoover last year It explored the convergence of fashion and technology on the runway, said Zoey Klintberg, art director and event co-ordinator of Techburlesque.

“Make Fashion is about revealing new technology, and so the idea of the ‘reveal’ came up and then the idea of ‘burlesque’ came up,” said Klintberg.

“So it kind of spun out from there, sort of showing this perfectly lovely dress but then something going on underneath. The idea of burlesque came out of that,” he said.

About 60 attendees had a taste of what to expect for the Make Fashion event with innovative performances and wearable technology shown by professional dancers who added a risqué twist.

“Tonight was very fun, very burlesque, but March 1st is what we are all working towards – 14 teams of artists and technologists that work together, with two to three people per team creating couture garments that you didn’t see tonight, but you got a glimpse of, as well as the sketches and plans,” said Catherine Hazin, fashion and perfomance co-ordinator for Make Fashion.

Hazin is also an editor for Calgary bridal magazine Luxe, as well as a fashion designer.

She will be working alongside her partner, electrical technologist Kelly Hofer to create a piece for the Make Fashion show.

“We’re creating a dress that is very inspired by biometric design,” says Hofer. “The dress personally has a lot of fiber optics and responds to the heartbeat of the person,” she said.

Designers will be creating pieces that incorporate robotics with motion sensors, sound sensors, and body sensors that have a sense of muscle contractions.

Make Fashion will showcase designers from all over the world including Tokyo and London, but Calgary has two of the three best designers in the world, according to Hofer.

From the first launch of a wearable technology fashion show and gala on Jan. 25, 2013, Make Fashion has been a success in Calgary.

In its first year, Make Fashion was a sold-out show which featured the work of seven designers.

Since then Calgary’s arts and fashions community has come together and made  Make Fashion a hit, and the team could not be more impressed with the turn out for the Techburlesque fundraiser.

“The turn out for this fundraiser is phenomenal, especially since Calgary is a really cool technological place but it is one of those cities where unless you know people who are involved in the arts, it’s difficult to find out about it,” Klintberg said.

He hopes that more Calgarians are exposed to this new form of fashion and the team is working hard to make the Make Fashion event an even bigger success on March 1.

For more information on Make Fashion to stay connected within the arts community, as well as to find out about the venue and  purchasing tickets, check out the website at www.makefashion.ca.

Hi-tech Burlesque: A LED garment was put on display at the Techburlesque fundraiser from the previous Make Fashion show last January at the Endeavor Arts & Events Space in Calgary. (Photo by Kelsi Gayda/The Press)
Hi-tech Burlesque: A LED garment was put on display at the Techburlesque fundraiser from the previous Make Fashion show last January at the Endeavor Arts & Events Space in Calgary. (Photo by Kelsi Gayda/The Press)
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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Kelsi Gayda worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2013-2014 academic year.

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