• The Art And Science Of LifeWear, Explained

The Art And Science Of LifeWear, Explained

Oct 08, 2018 OTHER
A look behind the scenes of LifeWear Day 2018
If you happened to be in the area of the historic Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris between September 26 and 29, you might've been fortunate enough to visit UNIQLO’s annual LifeWear exhibition. This year, we invited the public into a special knitwear-focused exhibition, leading to a tremendous turnout of excited customers and fashion fanatics.

The exhibition, entitled “The Art and Science of LifeWear: New Standards in Knitwear,” was created to offer a peek behind the curtain of the artisanal philosophies, innovative technologies, and artistic savoir-faire that contribute to the successful production of UNIQLO’s famous knitwear collection. With a focus on cashmere, extra fine merino wool, lambswool, and 3D knit materials, this exhibition encouraged lucky viewers to wander with curiosity through a series of immersive installations, arranged into five distinctly themed yet connected rooms. These special rooms covered the entire journey of a knit piece - from material selection, craftsmanship and design through to the latest developments in production and finishing technologies.

In the first room, we combined the beauty of art with the practicality of apparel design with an installation entitled “Knit in 100 Colors.” A vibrant array of hanging swatches of pure, premium lambswool served to demonstrate the gorgeous gamut of colors that makes up our knitwear range. Each of these 100 hues is precisely and expertly blended and dyed in order to create the veritable rainbow you see when you walk into any UNIQLO store or visit the UNIQLO website.

In another room, we demonstrated how revolutionary WHOLEGARMENT technology plays a crucial role in the future of knitwear. Capable of carefully and precisely crafting elegant silhouettes in three dimensions, this intelligent machinery produces seamless garments with an impeccable fit from a single thread.

This is made possible thanks to our use of the latest 3D knitting machines by Shima Seiki. This installation offered visitors the chance to be immersed in the heart of the production chain and experience the high technology we utilize to make advancements in knitwear design possible.

Using scores of elegantly dressed mannequins, we showed how the one of the core concepts of UNIQLO's LifeWear philosophy dictates that our everyday essentials boast versatile, reliable and stylish applications. In all, LifeWear Day 2018 was about showing the passion and expertise that make up every step of our manufacturing process. Every season, we seek to consistently improve, refine, and perfect our knitwear, from selecting the best in materials to inspecting the final results. UNIQLO knits are a constant lesson in evolution, one that we hope you’ll love to embrace, season and season again.
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