Racked magazine interviews WoW co-founder Michelle Hua

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The future of fashion is not a realm of simple textiles. Already, consumer wearables can monitor people’s health, environment, and habits. A small yet diverse community of designers are now experimenting with high-tech clothes that could do more than cover our bodies; clothes that could actually interact with us.

Michelle Hua, the entrepreneur behind MadeWithGlove self-heating gloves and cofounder of the professional network Women of Wearables (WOW), thinks in the future we won’t just ask which designer or label made a fashion product. Instead, we’ll ask what the clothes can actually do, what lies beneath the surface. “Right now [the industry] is moving to smart textiles, clothes that interact while you’re wearing them,” Hua tells Racked. In the future, clothes will listen to our bodies.

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