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Fashion-Tech: Reshaping Fashion Products, Processes and Markets Through Digital Technology

Special issue call for papers from Research Journal of Textile and Apparel

After a profound crisis that deeply affected Europe and the Western world, dramatically showing the weaknesses of previous paradigms, the present challenge for a mature sector such as fashion is re-connecting social communities with their roots and with smart cultures. A new age of interactive and interconnected lifestyles, searching for more sustainable approaches and products, is opening up novel opportunities for the fashion sector. There are huge opportunities created by the new generation of key enabling technologies such as digital fabrication, advanced manufacturing, wearables, sensors and embedded systems to renew not only fashion products and their meanings but also fashion processes and business models.
The special issue will present and discuss theoretical framework and best practices to support the development of design processes and tools to enable, reactivate and reconfigure relations and processes in research, production, product, logistics and retailing of the traditional fashion supply chain, highlighting new approaches and innovations enabled and nurtured by digital technologies.
Within this framework, the articles collected in the special issue will offer an innovative approach to the reading of the relation between Fashion and Digital Technology discussing interrelationships between the organizational and creative models and the digital tools and innovations and the quality of design-oriented innovation within Digital Fashion products, processes, and markets.

Anticipated Themes

Authors are invited to deal with one of the following topics:

  1. Research and knowledge creation and transfer in Fashion: digital technologies and fashion company archives - new approaches and tools to fashion know-how, traditions, and memories
  2. Textile material technology and textile management: the digitalization of the textile value chain
  3. Fashion Industry 4.0: how fashion processes and their socio-cultural implications can be innovated through digital technologies 
  4. Wearable technologies: the intersections of art, design, technology, and computation
  5. Digital Fashion Branding and Social Media between big and small data.
  6. The retail experience: from augmented brick-and-mortar stores to "clicks to bricks" retailers
  7. Rethinking fashion sustainability through digital transformation

Submission Guidelines

Author guidelines, including on formats and length limit, must be strictly followed and can be found on the journal web site at:

Submissions to must be through Scholar-One Manuscripts. Registration and access are available at:

Key Deadlines:

Submission of papers 28th February 2018
Revised and final papers 1st July 2018
Publication Date July 2018

Contact Details:

Please get in touch with the editorial team if you have any questions.

Guest Editor:
Chiara Colombi
Politecnico di Milano – Design dept.
[email protected]

Stephanie Hull,
[email protected]