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Fashion designer Jasna Rok showcases collection based on smart plastics and smart textiles


Leuven (Belgium) — July 5, 2016 — At the upcoming FashionTech Conference in Berlin and the Fashion Week in Amsterdam, fashion designer and start-up Jasna Rok will present their “Fashion On Brainwaves” to the public. Part of the collection is based on smart plastics and smart textiles developed at CMST, an imec-associated lab at Ghent University. Using this state-of-the-art technology, the designers created clothing and masks that light up with color and animation depending on the wearer’s brain activity.

Jasna Rok’s designers mix innovative fashion ideas with advanced technology to create so-called fashion as an immersive experience. They bring fashion alive as a physical and virtual experience, using VR (virtual reality) techniques, a first-ever experience for the public at Amsterdam’s Fashion Week. A recent version of Jasna Rok’s smart clothing won the first prize for the most original design at the Berlin Fashion Hackdays, a gathering of the most innovative and progressive designers, product developers and engineers from across the world.

One of the technology contributors to the concepts of Jasna Rok is CMST (Center for Microsystems Technologies), an imec-associated lab at Ghent University. A highlight is the use of a technology to realize randomly shaped electronic circuits with integrated lighting. The technology is based on meander-shaped interconnects, a robust way to realize dynamically stretchable elastic electronic circuits including LEDs.

Other partners for this showcase are NN-productions, Around Media and Mark Florquin, the Antwerp holographist. Jasna Rok is coached by Start it @kbc, helping start-ups in developing their business idea.


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Caption: Face mask with integrated LEDs realized through CMST technology.

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About CMST
CMST (Center for Microsystems Technology) is an imec-associated lab at Ghent University. CMST is specialized in electronic interconnection and assembly on various substrates (laminates, thick and thin films, flex and stretch substrates), optical interconnection and opto-electronics packaging, and electronic and optical design activities, bringing together expertise from electronics, mechanics, physics and chemistry.

About Ghent University
The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture from the Ghent University is with 5.190 students one of the largest faculties of Ghent University. It combines state-of-the-art research with top-notch education in all significant engineering and architecture fields. The faculty has 14 research departments active in 4 research clusters: Architecture, Civil Engineering, Urbanism and Spatial Planning; Electrical Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Engineering Physics, Photonics, Biomedical Engineering and Nuclear Fusion; Electromechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and Fire Safety Engineering; Chemical Engineering / Sustainable Materials Engineering / Textile Engineering / Department of Mathematical Analysis. The faculty staff authored over 4.700 publications between 2012 and 2014 and created 34 spin-off companies.

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José Cordova and Jasna Rokegem, designers of Fashion On Brainwaves.



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