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How Technology is Changing the Future of Fashion | Bradly Dunn Klerks | 25 Years of VCUarts Qatar

Bradly Dunn Klerks joins us on this week’s episode of the Tasmeem Doha Podcast to share his insights on the intersection between technology, the creative sector, couture and the arts. He talks us through the technicalities of 3D printing, shows us one of the first dresses to be 3D printed, and what it means to integrate orthodox and cutting edge technologies into the arts. We discuss the infinite new horizons and possibilities introduced by 3D printing, why there’s no such thing as being “poorly dressed”, and the big question facing fashion right now: what a sustainable future looks like.

0:00 Introduction

0:50 Expert in Arts and Technology

4:31 Early Career

6:16 3D Printing in Fashion

13:31 Collaboration with Yuma Nakazato

21:07 Architecture of the Body: Workshop at Tasmeem Doha

28:00 Advice to Young & Emerging Designers

29:54 Sources of Inspiration: 5 Names to Look Up

35:05 Does A Bad Fashion Sense Exist?

38:17 Environmental Impact of Fashion & 3D Printing

43:16 Current Projects

Join the “Architecture of the Body” workshops on March 3 and 4, 2024 and attend the panel discussion “Building on the Past – Literally” where Bradly will be speaking alongside Faysal Tabbarah and Gwyllim Jahn. 

Bradly Dunn Klerks is a Senior Innovation Expert for the Arts and Technology. His work sits at the nexus between business and the creative sector. He is the co-founder and associate director of PIATE [Platform for Innovation Arts & Technology Europe] based in Antwerp. He was previously CEO of Iris van Herpen, the couture label well known for its explorations with materials, processes, and cutting-edge technology. He is currently collaborating with visionary designer Yuima Nakazato (JP), biotech firm Spiber, and Epson Innovation Labs on the future of fashion.

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Tasmeem Doha is a biennial international conference that focuses on unique and contemporary themes in art and design. For 2024, the theme of the event is “Under Construction”, which is both a metaphor for creative research as well as a celebration and investigation of transformation. It is also a state that Doha has found itself in for decades: a transformation that has presented an outsized impact on the residents of the city.

Under Construction will also explore the past, present and future of VCUarts Qatar’s flagship event Tasmeem Doha. As part of the 25th anniversary of VCUart Qatar’s campus in Doha, the event will bring together voices from the past, present and future of various disciplines involved in this cycle of rethinking and remaking. 

Hosted by: Mikey Muhanna 


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