No. 1 (2023)

Fashion Now! Critical Thinking for Change Towards Bio-Digital Couture

Maria Antonietta Sbordone
Università degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”
first number yellow cover of fashion highlight journal with black logo

Published 2023-06-30


  • Critical Design,
  • Prediction,
  • Bio-Digital Couture,
  • Matiére Brute,
  • Inverse Matter

How to Cite

Sbordone, M. A. (2023). Fashion Now! Critical Thinking for Change Towards Bio-Digital Couture. Fashion Highlight, (1), 94–103.


Pursuing change in complex production areas requires attention and foresight that invests design research with advanced perspectives attentive to the fundamental balance between the artificial and the natural. The attitude or posture of contemporary design acting in actuality takes its cue from a strong impulse for multidisciplinarity that evolves into intricate trajectories that foster the grafting of knowledge and practices. In a field like Fashion, design culture and critique of the current model result in a radical future prediction; digital technologies at the encounter with new logics of making, far from the goals of productivity, prefigure a radical reversal of the current model. The paradigm of the organic meeting the digital and the latter expressing mutualistic behavior builds a solid perspective to drive change.


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