The long road ahead for smart fabrics

At the conclusion of Zac Posen’s 2015 New York Fashion Week show, the final model of the night came strutting out in what at first glance looked like a sleek black baby doll dress.

As she continued down the runway, crowd-goers soon saw that it was adorned with colorful undulating LED lights blinking in a rhythmic pattern. The mesmerizing design was by textile engineer Maddy Maxey, founder of The Crated, in partnership with Google’s Made with Code program, an initiative that supports young women in computer sciences.

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