Abstract

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is the latest installment in a series of major technological and manufacturing developments; however, it is proving itself vastly different from its predecessors, due to its speed and widespread effect. There are nine key technological trends driving the movement, each building off of the Digital Revolution, which gave rise to computers, the Internet, and smartphones. This revolution stands to impact all industries across the globe, leaving no business or person untouched, and the fashion industry is no exception.

This study, therefore, aims to deepen the understanding of the current and future impacts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the fashion industry and explore the plausible solutions to champion fashion’s embrace of the Revolution. The researcher employed in-depth literature review as a means of critically examining pertinent trade and academic publications. If the fashion industry is to survive, it is vital that it incorporate technological advancements, including artificial intelligence, robotics, and 3-D printing, with developments in materials science, in order to find new and sustainable ways of satisfying consumer desires. Bringing these advancements into the industry will be especially successful in areas such as reinventing mass customization, identifying consumer behavior, and establishing firm connections between garments and wearer health. These interdisciplinary practices will alter the very core of the industry, giving rise to a future filled with mutually beneficial collaborations between scientists, engineers, designers, manufacturers, and retailers, each concerned with creating more efficient and sustainable means of production and consumption and providing individualized service to consumers.

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution is the latest installment in a series of major technological and manufacturing developments; however, it is proving itself vastly different from its predecessors, due to its speed and widespread effect. It stands to impact all industries across the globe, leaving no business or person untouched, including the fashion industry. This study, therefore, aims to deepen the understanding of the current and future impacts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the fashion industry and explore plausible solutions to champion fashion’s embrace of the Revolution. If the industry is to survive, it is vital that it incorporate technological advancements, including artificial intelligence, robotics, and 3-D printing, with developments in materials science, in order to find new and sustainable ways of satisfying consumer desires.

Research Category

Art/Fashion

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Victoria HaworthFollow

Primary Author's Major

Fashion Merchandisinig

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Dr. Jihyun Kim, Associate Professor

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

21-3-2017 1:00 PM

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Fashion Business | Technology and Innovation

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Vive la Révolution: An examination of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its impact on various industries, with a specific focus on the fashion industry

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is the latest installment in a series of major technological and manufacturing developments; however, it is proving itself vastly different from its predecessors, due to its speed and widespread effect. There are nine key technological trends driving the movement, each building off of the Digital Revolution, which gave rise to computers, the Internet, and smartphones. This revolution stands to impact all industries across the globe, leaving no business or person untouched, and the fashion industry is no exception.

This study, therefore, aims to deepen the understanding of the current and future impacts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the fashion industry and explore the plausible solutions to champion fashion’s embrace of the Revolution. The researcher employed in-depth literature review as a means of critically examining pertinent trade and academic publications. If the fashion industry is to survive, it is vital that it incorporate technological advancements, including artificial intelligence, robotics, and 3-D printing, with developments in materials science, in order to find new and sustainable ways of satisfying consumer desires. Bringing these advancements into the industry will be especially successful in areas such as reinventing mass customization, identifying consumer behavior, and establishing firm connections between garments and wearer health. These interdisciplinary practices will alter the very core of the industry, giving rise to a future filled with mutually beneficial collaborations between scientists, engineers, designers, manufacturers, and retailers, each concerned with creating more efficient and sustainable means of production and consumption and providing individualized service to consumers.