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T Lisa Berry

Fashion and Wearable Technology

"In Garments of Paradise, Ryan applies historical and critical analysis to wearable technologies in order to frame a perspective on where they have come from, how they are developing, and what is at stake. Her study moves from computer labs to runways and city streets as she considers a broad assortment of electronic and digital phenomena under the lens of dress. As she writes, “Wearable technologies must be wearable, after all, and they draw meaning from their contexts in science fiction and popular culture, clothing and fashion, and social visions and ideologies of body display.”