FIT faculty, alumni, and students envison the future in ways both fantastical and practical

Illustrations by Diana Schoenbrun MFA ’16

(Featured image) “An organism, like a synthetic silk moth, that extrudes a fiber quickly, organically, and with minimal environmental impact, then feeds it into a machine that weaves or knits it into clothes on demand.” —Michael Ferraro, executive director of the FIT/Infor Design and Tech Lab

(Above) “Virtual and augmented reality will become the next internet. These clunky headsets are going to go away, and companies will broadcast video directly onto your retina.” —Thomas McManus, associate professor, Communication Design

“All clothing will be designed to be broken down and converted into new products or a high-quality biological nutrient in the soil. There will be no separation between nature and fashion.” —Stacy Flynn, Textile Development and Marketing ’99, CEO and co-founder of Evrnu

“When you’re cooking, you’ll be able to pull up a virtual window in midair to read the recipe. You won’t have to wash your hands to interact with it.” —Patrick Obando, Advertising Design ’17

“Comfortable high-heeled shoes!” —Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT

(Right) “DNA from fashion’s biggest names will be injected into babies, reinvigorating design and bringing it from the brink of extinction.” —Jonathan Kyle Farmer, professor and chair, Fashion Design MFA

“A fiber that can change colors or heat up to tell you you’ve been sitting too long.” —Suzanne Tick, Textile Design ’82, brand strategist and product designer for commercial interiors

“The boundaries of countries will no longer be necessary. In a world where everyone has access to a living wage and opportunities to explore passion-based innovation, there will be less need to keep people in or out of places.” —Keith Kirkland, Accessories Design ’10, co-founder of WearWorks

“A drink that genetically modifies your feet to grow shoes.” —Troy Nachtigall, Fashion Design ’04, designer and PhD candidate

“A biologically inspired future using the multifunctionality and efficiency of nature.” —Theanne Schiros, assistant professor, Science and Math

(Left) “We’ll be able to graft animal DNA onto our own, letting people grow wings or modify their bodies in other ways. It’ll be the next level of beautiful.” —Barbara Trippeer, assistant professor, Fashion Design

(Above) “Clothes will memorize the shape of your body, and the shape and color will change based on your emotion.” —Min Zhu, assistant professor, Textile Development and Marketing