Memory and Materiality in Hussein Chalayan’s Techno-Fashion

L. Toussaint, A.M. Smelik

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review


This chapter explores how cultural memory—in this case, the recent history of Western fashion—is performed and mediated by techno-fashion. Drawing on cultural studies and sociological and anthropological approaches, this chapter aims at unraveling the innovative connection between clothing, memory, and technology instigated by techno-fashion. We first focus on fashion’s relation to time and history, then explore techno-fashion as a particular performance and technology of memory, and finish by discussing the particular force of technology’s as well as fashion’s materialism. We advance the concept of ‘softness’ as a material and aesthetic category at the intersection of technology, materiality, and memory.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaterializing Memory in Art and Popular Culture
EditorsLászló Munteán, Liedeke Plate, Anneke Smelik
Place of PublicationNew York
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-47217-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-20323-5
Publication statusPublished - 2017


Dive into the research topics of 'Memory and Materiality in Hussein Chalayan’s Techno-Fashion'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this