Riccardo Beltramo

University of Torino

Riccardo Beltramo is Full Professor at the University of Torino, Department of Management, Area of Commodity Sciences. Since 1985 he has been involved in the field of industrial ecology and experimentation on environmental management systems, applied to manufacturing and service sectors, textile companies included, as well as industrial areas. He currently teaches at the School of Management and Economics, Operations Management, Industrial Ecology and Tourism Eco-management. He is Director of the Degree Programme in Business Administration in complex learning. He is the author of about 200 scientific and popular publications and has participated in international research projects. Maker soul, in the field of Internet of Things, he has invented the Scatol8® System, a remote sensing network to monitor, display and elaborate environmental and management variables, giving rise to an academic spin-off company 'The Scatol8 for Sustainability srl”.

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Fashion is a lot more than providing an answer to primary needs. It is a way of communication, of distinction, of proclaiming a unique taste and expressing the belonging to a group. Sometimes to an exclusive group. Currently, the fashion industry is moving towards hyperspace, to a multidimensional world that is springing from the integration of smart textiles and wearable technologies. It is far beyond aesthetics. New properties of smart textiles let designers experiment with astonishing forms and expressions. There are also surprising contrasts and challenges: a new life for natural fibers, sustainable fabrics and dyeing techniques, rediscovered by eco-fashion, and "artificial apparel," made of wearable electronic components. How is this revolution affecting the strategies of the fashion industry?

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