Friday, November 6, 2015

Dress-Making And Tomorrow’s Clothes (part 1 of 2)
How does one dress up in the future? Will dress-making still be around? What will our clothes be made of? What will be the look of clothes in the future?

Given the dizzying pace of technological innovations all around, it is not easy to get the right answers to our questions. However, the future looks pretty exciting in every sense of the word. At the very least, in the sartorial sense, there is promise that we shall all be comfortable, that we will all look good, and that we will all be happy with our choices.  

Or, at least on paper.

Age of agriculture

It took thousands of years for our past civilization to be able to make threads and weaving these materials into cloth. Around that time, our ancestors also discovered needles to do the stitching. They had been wearing animal furs and skins and plant parts as clothes for a much longer time than needed. Maybe, it was because hunting and food gathering took up much of their time and effort.

The Renaissance brought some sophistication to making clothes because artisans began to specialize in the craft. Still, everything was done manually. These were not only error-prone but also excruciatingly slow.

When the Industrial Revolution came, there were some surprising technological leaps and advances. Modernization machines like the cotton gin introduced by Whitney to cotton farming, the sewing machine needle by Otis, the zipper, the snap-on buttons --- these and more made the manufacturing process faster and better than before.


 The advent of the Digital Age or the coming of computers in the 20th century revolutionized everything on the planet. These included all kinds of industries, production processes, manufacturing, education, science, technology, medicine, and many others. From then on, progress and new things happened fast.

One of the biggest beneficiaries to this technological revolution is the dress-making industry. Just like all the other industries that had long been dormant for years in terms of innovations and discoveries, the clothing industry never had it so good since then.  

The computer age ushered in some technological advances that were unthinkable before. These are all in the areas critical to mass production’s goal of less manual handling, better percentage in accuracy, and faster speed. All of these are geared towards the ultimate goal of lower manufacturing cost possible.


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