Urban Couture: technology meets fashion at KIYAKAYA exhibition in Hillarys

KIYAKAYA founder Dwi Panduwinata at Whitford City Shopping Centre. Picture: Martin Kennealey  d491307a
KIYAKAYA founder Dwi Panduwinata at Whitford City Shopping Centre. Picture: Martin Kennealey d491307a

PORTABLE 3D body scanning that takes less than 60 seconds to map your measurements is changing fashion design while helping the environment – and will be showcased at Urban Couture.

The theme for this year’s City of Joondalup event is Fashion in the Digital Age and the KIYAKAYA Exhibition will highlight how advanced technology can radically transform the way clothes are designed, made and sold.

KIYAKAYA Founder Dwi Panduwinata said the scanner measures for a custom fit that produces less waste in the production and retail phases, saving fabric, effort and the planet.

“It creates bespoke fashion, where we only have your perfect size and that means the garments are made to order and don’t hang on a rack, only to be heavily discounted, or thrown into landfill,” he said.

“Those aged 20 to 30 are the highest consumers of fast fashion, with up to 60 per cent of clothes only worn once.

“When garments are made to fit well, they are more likely to be kept longer.”

Mayor Albert Jacob said KIYAKAYA’s open studio installation at Westfield Whitford City shopping centre would transform the area into an interactive working space.

“Visitors will be able to get involved, meet the designers, engage with digital fashion via augmented reality using a tablet and smartphone, and learn about these services,” he said.

“KIYAKAYA means hello and welcome and the City would love to welcome everyone to this fascinating exhibition in March.”

The exhibition will set up between March 1 and 23 near Coles from 10am to 2pm Tuesdays to Saturdays.