The details of Michelle Obama's Fashion Education Workshop has been under wraps for quite a while, but now they've released the schedule, and it covers everything from inspiration and construction to fashion journalism and wearable technology. Participating designers include Prabal Gurung, Reed Krakoff, Humberto Leon, Carol Lim and Maria Cornejo and fashion's first lady, Anna Wintour herself, will introduce Obama for the today's festivities. While the workshops range from abstract and conceptual to deeply practical, the White House seems particularly proud of the Wearable Tech seminar, which is timed nicely with the influx of Apple Watch info that arrived this week. In a statement today the White House said, "Today there are boots that charge your cell phone, bras that detect breast cancer and compression shirts that monitor and record your heart rate, breathing rate, and body temperature as a virtual coach. As the lines between technology, product and fashion merge, we will soon be surrounded with technology in everything we wear." As someone who returned their Jawbone UP after two days because it freaked me out, the idea that werable tech will soon be involved in "everything we wear" is particularly terrifying, but if these workshops translate to results I'll need to evolve past being a sartorial luddite, and embrace the breast cancer detection bra embracing me.
October 08, 2014