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In most conversations today about the manufacturing of fashion, there will be reference made to the use of industrial technology in modern design. However, we rarely pay attention to the historical innovations in fabric developments which were the precursors to modern innovations. More importantly, as fast fashion is increasingly able to knock off high-end creations, designers are increasingly relying on technological innovation to ensure that their wares are not easily copied (and found weeks later hanging on the racks of fast fashion retailers).
In December of 2013 there was a stir of controversy as news made it down the pipeline that the guest list for New York Fashion Week would be cut by 20%.