Fashion and Science seem to be an odd combination but in usual Cambridge form the MIT Media Lab is showing that combining both can bring advances to the fashion industry. Boston Fashion Week is officially starting on Friday and in what seems to be one of 2 Cambridge located events the MIT Media Lab is hoping to explore how technology can interact with art to produce:
more moving, interactive, personal and immersive experiences than ever before.
The other Cambridge based event will be at Flat Top Johnny’s in Kendall Square. That event will be a more traditional fashion show showcasing Dawnamatrix Designs and Ashley Rose Couture. Check out the Boston Fashion Week site for more details. Please keep in mind that both these events are not free so you have to buy tickets.
Other events on the science side this weekend are 2 events that were rescheduled from the Cambridge Science Festival due to the Boston Marathon attacks. Both on Sunday Rocket Day takes place at Danehy Park. This is a free event where you can build and launch rockets. You do need to bring a 2 or 1 liter bottle and a tennis ball in order to participate. The other event later in the day is the Living in the Future event at the MIT Museum. This is their description:
Flying cars? Talking holograms? How do today’s technologies reflect what we’ve seen on the big screen? Sit back, grab some pizza and popcorn, and enjoy short clips from the fantastic and futuristic movies of yesterday and today. Then, hear from scientists and inventors, including Anna Dietrich from Terrafugia, Rana el Kaliouby from Affectiva, and Peter Dilworth from 3Doodler about how close we are to realizing Hollywood’s hopes for the future! Learn about the real life technology that may or may not take us back to the future.
This is a great event to tie in something that kids like “cool futuristic movies” with the science behind what might be developed in the here and now.
As a closing note please don’t forget that this Saturday is Free Museum Day and as usual you can can get free passes to many of Cambridge’s museums including the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. You just need to get the tickets in advance at the Smithsonian website.
The highlighted video above is an overview of what the MIT Media Lab is all about.