Make Fashion Gala CalgaryMake Fashion is an initiative that introduces talented Calgary designers to cutting edge new technologies, subject matter experts, and wearable technology. They are a collaboration of great minds who want to explore and demonstrate the convergence fashion and technology.

From awe-inspiring responsive runway dresses to scientific wearables with practical applications, Make Fashion designers are inspired by fashion with functionality.

Their runway gala in Calgary, Alberta is their largest annual event, where they pair fashion designers and artists with engineers and tech enthusiasts. The combination of skills and ideas creates stunning results and groundbreaking fusions of light, fashion and performance.

In addition to their runway series, Make Fashion produces series of thought leadership symposiums, public-access workshops, and molecular cocktail events.

Returning Designers:

A number of the 2013 designers return for another year in the Make Fashion Gala.

Kyle Nylund & Tony Grimes – Kyle Nylund participated in the 2013 launch with his “skyscraper dress” and in the 2014 gala. Kyle and Tony Grimes are building a high-fashion piece inspired by the illumination of a burning chandelier.

Laura Dempsey, Hannah Newton  & Ben Reed – Laura Dempsey created an innovative motion-sensitive dress in the 2013 gala. She returns in 2014 collaborating with Hannah Newton creating a high-tech performance piece.

Kathryn Blair – Kathryn Blair participated in 2013 with her mood-sensing lab coat. She is continuing her exploration with biofeedback this year.

Angela Dale & Vlad Lavrovsky – Angela Dale amazed audiences with her Chameleon Dress in the 2013 gala. Vlad Lavrovsky participated with Team Night Envy and was an integral part of the 2013 gala. The team is working together to create a much-anticipated groundbreaking piece for the 2014 gala.

Emerging Designers:

The 2014 gala will introduce a number of new artists and designers exploring the integration of technology with their art and design practices.

Catherine Hazin, Kelly Hofer & Dianne Gibson will present an enchanting biomimetic wedding gown constructed with sophisticated fibre optic technology, 3D printing, and a host of sensors. Inspired by fireflies, large feathered birds, and bio luminescent plankton, this revolutionary dress will illuminate in response to the heartbeat of the bride and the color of her surrounding environment, as well as her movement.

Kenzie Housego, Amie May, Stacey Morgan & Dan Damron – Drawing inspiration from retro headwear combined with technology, this artist pair will create a series of headdresses for the 2014 gala.

Jiyi Rhee & Janet Mader – This project is a wearable technology piece that combines recent advances in digital projection technology with the Korean Hanbok. Their design focuses on organic integration between traditional motifs and contemporary technological elements.

Dee Fontans and Eric Willis – ‘Outing The Body’ Series featuring Pumping Fashion. This line celebrates the concept of upcycling, safety and movement.

Elle Nguyen, Aman Dhalay & Javeda – Drawing inspiration from traditional garments, this team will be creating a bold piece utilizing robotics and illumination.

Genene Grant – Formerly ElectroFur, Genene Grant has is established in the wearable electronics space. She is working on an exciting electronic fashion piece.

Shannon Chappell, Kayna Hardman & Jason Bedard – Designers and makers will create an extravagant and creative piece for the 2014 gala.

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