Sustainable robot fabrics from Enschede

The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries on earth. Smart textiles and wearable technologies are innovations and products that help to make the industry cleaner and more sustainable. Moreover, they can be applied in other areas. Hellen van Rees is a forerunner in applying such techniques.

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In short

  • The fashion industry is polluting
  • Hellen van Rees hopes to make the industry more sustainable with her innovative clothing line
About Hellen van Rees

Hellen van Rees is a Dutch fashion and textile designer based in Twente. She gained international fame after being nominated for various prizes (including a prize for sustainable clothing), and Lady Gaga wore an outfit of hers. In Milan, she presented multiple times in collaboration with the Italian Vogue. She organised various shows in London, Paris and Berlin with Fashion Scout and LVMH. Her work is characterised by innovative, handmade materials, and wearable silhouettes.

Sustainable robotic fabrics for the healthcare industry

Even though Hellen is a busy woman, she takes on new projects regularly. “I recently started a collaboration with the University of Twente to develop a robotic version of my fabric to be applied in the healthcare industry. An example would be to include sensors in clothing that help people with back problems to take on a better working position. By starting new projects and continuing to renew myself, I can always show something beautiful. I think that's important.”

Date: 17 October 2017
Author: Twente.com