That’s quite an interesting combination, Fashion and Human-Computer Interaction !!
In both the field the user is at the center, in HCI the designer is trying to make the interaction between the computer and human as intuitive as possible, whereas in fashion the designer is designing clothes, accessories for the user. (debatable is fashion designing is about solving problems of users, depends on how you define fashion.
Eg. for me it could mean just being myself and not following a “trend” but wearing something which is comfortable and goes well in the social context I stay in.
I am particularly excited about Fabric/ Accessories User Interaction, wherein computing could be embedded in our clothes/ accessories itself which could help avoid attention seeking screen-based interactions which distract us from our end goal and use the concept of reality-based interactions and make this interaction more natural.
- Levis Commuter Jacket
- Xenxo S - Ring
I see fashion designers can play an important role in helping HCI designers to understand the naunces of designing for Fabric User Interaction or Accessories User Interaction and make interactions more natural for the users.
To read more about Fashion and HCI, here are some research papers:
- What is HCI became a fashion-driven discipline ?
- HCI as Fashion
- What can HCI learn from Fashion consumer industry?
Hope this post will give you more context around how HCI and Fashion could work together in conjunction for benefitting our end user. Will love to know your opinions as well.
Let me know if you want to collaborate on certain research projects in this field in future