Genevieve Dion is an award winning designer with an extensive background in bespoke clothing and industrial design. Her collections have been sold at Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys in New York and Holt Renfrew in Canada. Her work on permanently pleated silk is in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert museum in London (2003) and the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco (2010).
Her research focuses on identifying production methods that advance the field of wearable technology intended for a variety of high performance textiles applications. In 2012 following the signing of a groundbreaking $1 million partnership agreement with Shima Seiki USA, Dion founded the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Laboratory, a state of the art knitting facility dedicated to the design and prototyping of smart and technical textiles. The Haute Tech Lab is located in Drexel's ExCITe Center and supported by Universitys Colleges of Media Arts and Design, Engineering, Nursing and Health Professions, Medicine, Information Science and Technology and the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems. In her Laboratory Dion collaborates with a multidisciplinary team of faculty and students researching the development of knitted electronic components into garments, versatile production methods and mass customization of smart textiles and wearable technology.
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