How can the FabLab Movement influence the Fashion sector in France ?
A few insights in this report from a Graduate of the Institut Français de la Mode.
What a diversity in FabLabs and Third Places !
The author explains that the FabLab movement started with FabLabs (MIT) and generated a lot of derivative Third Places : HackerSpaces, MakerSpaces, TechShops, Co-Making Spaces, Co-working Spaces, Incubators, Accelerators…
Typical of Third Places are hybridation and experimentation.
All have common characteristics e.g. priority to Human, Local, Hack and Tech, with varied emphasis on each. The author also reports that where American FabLabs and Third Places tend to be more business-oriented, European ones are firstly looking for alternative socio-economic models.
What about French Fashion Labs ? They support a new generation of Fashion Designers.
Out of 134 French FabLabs and Third Places (as of 2016), 15 are dedicated to Fashion and Leather goods. Fashion Labs are mainly used by Fashion (Tech) Designers working on an independent base. There, machines e.g. sewing, knitting, 3D printing, laser cutting are proposed and shared. Advice e.g. entrepreneurship, services e.g. materials, softwares or training e.g. tech, are also provided to help them design, make and develop their brand and / or work for external projects.
More importantly, Fashion Labs are seeds for a future growth of a new Fashion industry.
When Fashion Labs focus on either bottom-up and open-source innovation or local development or accessible education or project guidance, they experiment new roads for the industry to rebuild innovative fashion, thanks to designer-maker centered ecosystems and fashion cultural change.
Read more in the appended report.