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The Shared Future of Fashion And Aerospace

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FAAR: driving the future of living, lifestyle and well-being, on earth and in space

Fashion and Aerospace have been partners since the first Space Age. Their historical achievements have paved the way for a robust textile industry that serves both our Space endeavors and our life on earth. An introductory presentation by FAAR founder, Lee Anderson, will give an overview of that shared history, and some of the most exciting new and upcoming developments.

The panel, following the presentation, will demonstrate these overlaps through a deep dive into the interdisciplinary interactions behind their work, discussing technology in textiles and manufacturing, and the process of creating and problem solving with new tools and knowledge now accessible.

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Francis Bitonti
Studio Bitonti

Francis Bitonti blends computational design techniques with emerging technologies to usher in a new manufacturing paradigm that is itself a unique form of design. Bitonti’s trademark process merges cutting-edge digital design and manufacturing technologies that transform industrialized systems. In doing so, he blurs the line between designer, technologist and industrialist.

Founded in 2012 as Francis Bitonti Studio during a competition hosted by the New York City Department of Transportation, Google, and The Cooper Hewitt Museum, Francis Bitonti earned his name designing limited edition high tech works including a 3D printed dress for Dita Vonteese, and Mutatio, 3D printed shoes for United Nude. These projects were featured in Wired, The New York Times, Fast Company and The Wall Street Journal. His pieces have been collected and featured in the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, the High Museum, and the Mint Museum among elsewhere. Francis Bitonti was also named a 2015 Wired Innovation Fellow.

The studio’s early work required Bitonti to develop new software, manufacturing processes, and materials, and placed technology at the center of the studio’s design philosophy. Works like Mutatio responded to shifts in fashion design and footwear manufacturing. Today Bitonti believes these tools are necessary to the future of design thinking and practice not only for the works commissioned to his studio, but to transform the way a brand conceives of its own work. Since 2014 Bitonti has taught technology-focused workshops at design schools including Ravensbourne College and Pratt Institute under the name New Skins.

In 2016 the focus of Francis Bitonti Studio, along with its name, changed. Today, Studio Bitonti operates as a team of Design Futurists and Computational Designers led by Bitonti himself. The studio collaborates with its clients to create not only new products but ways of imagining, creating, and producing material goods and ideas. Born and raised in New York, Francis Bitonti holds a Master of Architecture from the Pratt Institute. He is the founder of Studio Bitonti.

Sabine Seymour
SUPA

Dr. Sabine Seymour has been a serial entrepreneur, consultant, and researcher in fashiontech for 20 years.

She built a helmet as a game controller in 1996 which resulted in her first venture, Moondial, a consultancy working with Fortune 500 companies worldwide on inventing new products and examining manufacturing processes.

Her latest startup SUPA is a B2B biometric sensor platform for apparel rooted in Sabine's obsession with biometrics and sports. In 2000 she conceived a baselayer for snowboarding to monitor biometric data to increase performance levels and improve safety which was shown at the International Symposium of Wearable Computing.

Sabine was a visiting researcher for Computational Cellulose at Aalto University in Helsinki, curated the MAK Fashion Lab at the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, co-directed the research project BODYMetaphor at The New School, and was on the steering committee for ZeroPower Smart Fashion.

Sabine authored the successful books "Fashionable Technology, The Intersection of Design, Fashion, Science, and Technology" and "Functional Aesthetics" and co-edited "Computational Fashion".

She chaired the Rockefeller Foundation Grant funded project Computational Fashion at Eyebeam, received numerous grants and awards and was awarded the Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design Fellowship.


Ted Southern
Final Frontier Design

Ted Southern studied French Horn performance at the University of Puget Sound before discovering his passion for body armor and wearables. He received a MFA in Sculpture from Pratt Institute in 2007.

Ted has worked in the costume and special effects industry for more than 15 years, with design and fabrication experience on major television, movie, broadway, opera, fine art, and commercial productions, including Victoria’s Secret, Cirque du Soleil, Gladstone Gallery, and Paramount Pictures. Ted’s costuming expertise is in design and fabrication of electro-mechanical worn armatures, wings and inflatables.

Auto-didactically trained in space suit design, Ted participated NASA’s 2007 and 2009 Astronaut Glove Challenge, winning $100,000 with his business partner Nikolay Moiseev in 2009 by outperforming NASA’s current space suit technology. Nik and Ted went on to found Final Frontier Design in 2010, to build and qualify space safety gear for the commercial space industry. Ted has served as the PI for 7 NASA contracts since 2010, and has overseen the development of 4 generations of commercial IVA space suits.

Ted’s passion is adapting electronics and armatures to the human body. He lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with his wife, fashion designer Flora Gill, and his dog Milo.


Barbara Cottrell Trippeer

Barbara Cottrell Trippeer, a former graduate of Parsons School of Design, Paris (BFA 1994) earned her MFA (2015) from the University of North Texas' Toulouse Graduate School in Innovation Studies/Applied Design Research.

During her work in the garment industry, Barbara has held senior apparel design positions at a variety of notable retail firms, such as: JCPenney's, Target Corporation, May Merchandising Company, and Liz Claiborne.

As a design researcher, Barbara's work focuses on sustainability and socially responsible design, such analyzing the broader impacts of the fashion industry. As an applied design research is focused on bringing an anthropological approach to innovation and design thinking, aimed at creating public policy applications related to social development, sustainable technology, and wearable products.

As an extension of her experience in the apparel industry, Barbara's thesis dissertation focused on the development of a "child-centered" smart garment system, a system which could empower children who suffer from chronic illnesses by giving them enhanced tools to monitor and control their well-being.

Barbara currently works as an Assistant Professor of Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York.

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