Who’s first? Pierre Cardin. Who’s next? We’ll see. Fashion and technology part I: history

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Just a few weeks ago Pierre Cardin has launched the first designer tablet and this issue has become so popular that I’ve decided to write about it too :):). But I won’t focus on the news. It’s not so necessary because you can already read about it. Bing or Google give many results and info about this tablet.

Here’s the specification of Pierre Cardin Tablet PC-7006 which can be found on the official website:

Display: 7.0 inch capacitive multi-touch
Resolution: 800*480 Pixel
CPU: Samsung S5PV210 Cortex-A8 1.0 GHz
Ram: DDR II 512MB
Storage: Internal 4GB, Micro SD slot support up to 16GB
O/S: Google Android 2.2 (Froyo)
PC Interface: Mini USB host (for keyboard, mouse 3G etc.), mini USB, HDMI
Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g
3G Support: External 3G (3G Dongle Available Separately)
Camera: 1.3 Megapixel Front Facing Camera
Video: 720P HD Playback
E-book: TXT, PDF, CHM, HTML, PDB, UMD
Games: Download via Android Market
Video: Supports RM, RMVB, AVI(H.264/H.263), MOV, WMV, MP4, ASF, 3GB, TS, etc…
Audio: Supports MP3, WMA, WAV, APE, FLAC, AAC, OGG, etc…
Photo: JPG, BMP, PNG, TIFF
Battery: Lithium 4400mAh
Weight: 520g
Dimensions: 19.5cm x 12.3cm  x 1.4cm
Software: Google browser, Google map, Gmail, Skype, Google Market, Multimedia Player, Clock, Calculator, News, Weather, Voice Search, Flash 10.1 viewer1000s of other Apps are available FREE via Android Market

This is not the best tablet on the market, but it looks great and the designer paid a huge attention to details. It has also user-friendly, powered by Android system, but it is more for people who like showing off than for technology geeks. But if you like to read something more about it try this article.

The most interesting issue is the synergy of fashion and technology. I have already shown you that the Internet has a huge impact on fashion industry, branding, marketing and so on. Tablet’s issue gives us another point of view.

Just after the Second World War everything changed.  We had so called ‘Popular Youth Culture’, cinema became the most important entertainment medium and, in the end, Life Style became much more important issue than before the War.

Obviously, the Cold War era gave us new technology and also the USA became more important in fashion industry. The launch of Sputnik (1957) and ARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, 1958) paved the way  for the success of technology, the Internet and (in some points) of globalization. Events following the technological revolution brought new paths for high and pret-a-porter fashion.

About 50, 60, 70 years ago fashion was only about apparel and accessories. But, going back into the past, this period produced many prominent  brands like: Celine (1945), Dior (1947), Pucci (1948), Pierre Cardin (1950), Max Mara (1951), Givenchy (1952), Chloe (1952), Missoni (1958)Valentino (1960), Yves Saint Laurent (1962), Karl Lagerfeld (1963), Roberto Cavalli (1965)… Anyways, you know what I mean. We know them today and we love them today.

There’s nothing surprising in the fact that designers who started their career in those days, were following other industries like technology. In the end, there’s nothing surprising in the fact that both, fashion and technology, are so omnipresent and they influence each other to such an extent.

Today we have high fashion furniture (like Versace), phones (like Prada or Armani), tablets (Pierre Cardin) and so on. We also have new fashion mediums. IT companies give us applications which help us to buy, collect, make fashion or make other fashion mediums and I will write about that soon :)

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