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Brooke Roberts-Islam

Fashion Tech Innovator - - Co-Director, BR Innovation Agency (BRIA) - - Fashion-Tech Writer at Techstyler.fashion and HuffPost.

Brooke Roberts-Islam is a digital knitwear designer and consultant, who also has over a decade of experience as a diagnostic radiographer within the NHS. She is co-director of the Brooke Roberts Innovation Agency (BRIA) who create materials-tech collaborations, products and installations with brands from both the fashion and technology sectors, directly combining her knowledge of the latest developments in the fashion-technology sector with her cross-discipline approach to developing new materials. Brooke is passionate about combining science, technology and fashion in her own work and has also achieved this through collaborations with the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, amongst others, and is regularly invited to speak about the latest in fashion tech at events, including the Wired Next Generation conference and the launch of London Technology Week in 2016. In addition to her design and materials development work, Brooke is a fashion-technology writer for the Huffington Post and her own blog, Techstyler, lending opinion and sharing interviews from the crossroads of fashion-technology, from a fashion designer’s perspective. In 2013, Brooke was voted onto The Hospital Club’s 100 list of the most influential and innovative creatives in the UK, as well as being voted onto KPMG's Shift 100 list for retail technology entrepreneurs in 2017.
Fashion Mannequins Transformed Through 3D

Fashion Mannequins Transformed Through 3D Printing

There is no datum on mannequins - no system for sizing and no standard approach to it across the industry. When creating clothing, we have anatomical landmarks (nape to waist, for example) but the way this is measured is still variable. Paul is determined to standardise measurement taking and sizing to put an end to what is a slow, laborious and repetitive process.
20/07/2016 13:21 BST
Fashion Data: Calculating the Cost of the Fashion

Fashion Data: Calculating the Cost of the Fashion Machine

A sister exhibition to Fashion Hacked at the Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, Fashion Data is a stark reality check about the consumption of clothing and its societal meaning both in the West and East, along with the environmental implications for the planet.
08/04/2016 09:37 BST
Fashion Hacked: The Designers Giving Zara a Lesson in 'Derivative

Fashion Hacked: The Designers Giving Zara a Lesson in 'Derivative Design'

There are constant rumblings throughout the fashion industry about copyright, Fast Fashion and IP ownership. Add to this debates about the impact of Fast Fashion outlets copying designer fashion and you have to wonder; how will small independent designer brands survive in an industry that is getting faster and cheaper by the day?
06/04/2016 11:02 BST
Edda Gimnes Makes Fantastical

Edda Gimnes Makes Fantastical Fashion

What makes a good design? What makes a great designer? Does it have anything to do with taste? Does it matter? The question I prefer to ask is how does the designer's work make me feel? What does it inspire in me? If the answer is nothing, then subjectively, it's not for me.
31/03/2016 11:43 BST
'Prêt-a-Toucher' - Inside a Very Special Fashion

'Prêt-a-Toucher' - Inside a Very Special Fashion Archive

Eva Maria Hatschek not only wore custom made pieces by her seamstresses, but she had a vast collection of couture created by Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy and Coco Chanel. Incredibly, Mrs Hatchek wore most pieces once only or not at all.
16/03/2016 21:48 GMT
London Fashion Serves up Films, Fraying and

London Fashion Serves up Films, Fraying and Fizz

Bags don't necessarily demand a live show or presentation, I guess, and a presenting a film is a chance to carefully control the branding of the erm, brand. Already stocked at Net-a-porter, Harrods, Selfridges amongst others, I bet they'll sell bags of bags!
07/03/2016 11:58 GMT
London Fashion Week Presents.... Wolves and Hungry Emerging

London Fashion Week Presents.... Wolves and Hungry Emerging Designers

During the presentations at Elms Lesters Painting Rooms there was time to be consumed by the building and the designer's visual storytelling. Not having show notes to read through while sitting, waiting for a show to start means no advance intro to the clothing and seasonal theme, however a presentation offers less pretence and puts the experience above all else.
22/02/2016 10:21 GMT
Beatie Wolfe's Tap and Play Album Launch and Musically Generated Digital

Beatie Wolfe's Tap and Play Album Launch and Musically Generated Digital Textiles

BeatWoven is a textile brand creating digitally generated woven fabric from sound. The live recording of Beatie singing Take Me Home with the ambient sound of her audience at David's flat at 34 Montagu Square is currently being woven into a fabric to be crafted into a gown by David Mason and launched at DLD (Digital-Life-Design) conference in January.
16/11/2015 10:36 GMT
Kevin Geddes Brings the Evel to London Fashion

Kevin Geddes Brings the Evel to London Fashion Week

Kevin is bold. Immediately I get the sense he is telling me his story. The real one. Not the image-conscious one covered in a veneer of glossy hindsight bias. Kevin tells me straight - "I don't think the story behind the clothes has to be important". He doesn't feel the need to make anything up - verbally or sartorially.
02/10/2015 10:42 BST