Fashion tech workshop: Biomimicry and new technologies – Textile explorations

Nombre de places: 30 - Langue: English


The module associates biomimicry as a source of inspiration, and new technologies, with a sustainable dimension. At the intersection of two apparently contradictory dimensions, the students will be led to question, through the design of fashion accessories, the challenges of future textile innovations.
The transversality of the teams of students in engineering, design and management allows for a multicultural and multidisciplinary approach. The workshop is held at the heart of a Fab Lab in order to facilitate the use of new technologies (laser cutting, electronics) and to immediately put the research into practice.
In the field of textiles, the mechanical properties of spider silk, the self-cleaning surface of the lotus leaf, or the adhesion of the gecko's paw are conventionally cited and declined. Through numerous examples, a first step of guided experimentation will allow students to learn how to use the material provided. Then in a second step, they will have to carry out the design of an accessory or research on a theme that they will have defined.
Finally, in order to anchor this experience in professional reality, they will have to perform in parallel a Life Cycle Inventory, the first step of a LCA. It will consist, at their level, of listing their actions and consumption of materials in order to formalize their own environmental impact during the workshop.
In the current sanitary context, the workshop was organized to be able to be face-to-face and guarantee an efficient health context. However, in the event of changes in the situation and additional constraints such as total confinement, the workshop would be held fully online with a similar logic, around the technique of origami.


Restitution, by each group of students, of the insights and mock-ups produced from the projects, the research notebook, and the LCI of the team approach.


30 hours are spread over the week with:
• Conferences exploring prospective and existing projects in our daily life of biomimicry and applications in the textile field
• A project per group of 3-4 students exploring in a semi-guided way a subject related to bio-inspired fashion accessories
Discussed subjects:
• Methodological workshops for the appropriation of the biomimicry approach
• Examples of applications in our daily life and in textiles
• Practice and experimentation through the tools of a Fab Lab (e.g. laser-cutting, electronic initiation)
• Production of a research notebook and of a Life Cycle Inventory


• A curious mind
• A laptop for working in project mode and creating files for Fab Lab machines or electronic experimentation

Equipe enseignante

The module is organized by two teachers from the Master Fashion & Materials – EnaMoMa by PSL: Florence Bost, Smart textiles designer, and Francesco Delloro, Engineer-Researcher at Mines ParisTech – PSL. Other speakers – designers, engineers, researchers – will participate during the week.


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