The Future In Fashion Developments

Posted: April 8, 2012 in Extreme Fashion, Future Trends, Technology

  FASHION! I think I have a great eye for future fashion developments. During this semester at the University of North Texas, I have learned much about the fundamentals of fashion merchandising.  This Junior year, has given me first-rate insight and more passion that has been fueled with more fire for fashion. Over the course of the semester, I was given several e-portfolio pieces that included both a verbal and visual description. I have included several of my polyvore sets in this blog to understand my reasoning of the elements I chose to represent the trend of the following; an ethnic style to modernize and bring into mainstream, converge technology with fashion, along with sustainability and going green. I share my summary of presentations and hopefully you would also find interest of what the future my bring to fashion.

Many fashion designers are inspired by images, symbols, culture, or even an idea stemmed by someone else. I find that India has an emerging ethnic influence on Western culture through fashion.  India, a very traditional and conservative world, oftentimes understands the meaning of comfort and color. Between 2008 and 2012, the Indian fashion industry is expected to grow 178%. (Grail Research, 2009). I find India’s spiritual and political impacts, now adopted in the Western hemisphere.  Below you will see how I have added in my visual presentation, that the Nehri jacket/collared shirt, the drop-crouch pants, and jodhpurs boots for what I call “Indianizing” which is sure to follow in our future fashion trends.

   My next presentation, I introduced a new textile called Sonic Fabric. This textile was exciting because  Alyce Santoro, now resides in Marfa, Texas from Brooklyn, NY describes her discovery, “a beautiful, tightly-woven functional material” (Poole, 2011). Sonic fabric incorporates 50% polyester thread, and 50% audiocassette tape recorded with intricate collages of sound (Yoneda, 2009). Amazingly, after my researching on sonic fabric, I found that the sounds/music from the mix-tapes is integrated causing strands of different colors within the looped material (Santoro, 2003). I feel this trend can inspire those musical trendsetters like Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj, as well as, fashion forward leaders in the business.

Lastly, have you made the switch from plastic to canvas? According to, 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used every year around the world, which is about 1 million plastic bags used every minute (Mitchell, Plastic Bags? Bring Canvas Shopping Bags Instead). Indeed, plastic bags do take their toll. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that in the United States alone more than 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps are used each year. Americans throw away about 100 billion plastic bags each year,according to the Worldwatch Institute, as only 0.6 percent to 1 percent of them are ever recycled ( Now that many have become aware of the hazards caused to animals, small children, and our environment, there has been a rapid onset for an eco-trend for use of canvas bags. Whole Foods stores have a campaign in place in which they give customers 10 cents off their bill for each

plastic grocery bag that they bring in and reuse ( Not to mention the ever so popular “I’m not a plastic bag,” made by Anya Hindmarch, a London designer known for bags that range to $1,500 and beyond (Andrews, 2007). I imagine this ec0-trend of recycling plastic bags will transfer into designs and become a development of future fashions.

Guess we will see how my future developments stack up against the fashion world!



India‘s fashion industry faces challenges to go global. (2011). Retrieved 12, February, 2012, from

Sonic Fabric Needs Your Help. (2011). Retrieved February 26, 2012, from

New! Sonic Fabric Fedoras Made From Recycled Cassette Tape. (2009). Wearable Technology. Retrieved February 26, 2012, from

 Plastic Bags? Bring Canvas Shopping Bags Instead. (n.d).  Deborah Mitchell. Retrieved on March 28, 2012, from

 Should You Ban Plastic Bags From Your Life:Six Reasons You May Want to Consider It.  (n.d.) Retrieved on March 29, 2012, from

Andrews, K. (2007, August 11). ECO-TREND: I’m not a plastic bag! Retrieved on March 31, 2012, from

  1. Amazing blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
    A design like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my blog shine.
    Please let me know where you got your theme.
    Thank you

    • MBlack says:

      Thanks! You can find this theme via WordPress. Hope you like content as well, this is a school constructed blog. More to come!-MB

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