‘Active Textile Tailoring’ explores a completely new system for “smart” textiles in which its fibers change shape and structure in response to heat and moisture, unlocking a new wave of customization of fit and aesthetic. Different knitting techniques and responsive yarns were explored for design and shape transformation. This technology was developed in collaboration with the Self-Assembly Lab, MIT, the Mechanosynthesis group at MIT, Ministry of Supply, Hills Inc. and Iowa State, and with support from the federal non-profit Advanced Functional Fibers of America (AFFOA).

Self-Assembly Lab, MIT:
Lavender Tessmer, Carmel Snow, Sophie Richter, Schendy Kernizan, Jared Laucks, Skylar Tibbits

Ministry of Supply:
Gihan Amarasiriwardena, Aman Advani

Mechanosynthesis Group, MIT: John Hart

Iowa State Team:
Rui Li, Guowen Song

Hills Team:
Tim Robson, Jeff Haggard