Anke Loh Sage Foundation Chair, Department of Fashion Design Anke Loh is an Associate Professor and Sage Foundation Chair of the Department of Fashion Design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she has taught since 2005. Her current research entails finding ways to integrate stretchable circuitry into textiles, ready-to-wear fashion, and accessories for aesthetic as well as functional purposes. Loh explores the possibilities of how technology can influence ready-to-wear fashion as a visionary tool for expression of identity, story, culture, and urban and natural surroundings. She seeks out explicit, implied, and singular approaches for fashion to communicate and connect in unconventional and unprecedented ways. Loh has collaborated with a range of interdisciplinary teams. Her work on incorporating fiber optics into interactive fabric included collaboration with Luminex (Italy and Miami) and the Computer Science department at Northwestern University. She broke new ground by integrating Philips Lumalive panels into dresses and skirts, featuring video imagery on soft, embedded LED screens. She is presently collaborating with the Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin to research and explore the possibilities of stretchable circuitry, and has been pursuing similar research with the John Rogers Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 2000–05, with her company ROSSO NV, Loh showed her collections biannually during Paris Fashion Week and on runways and showrooms at New York Fashion Week, Centre Pompidou, Osaka Collection Show, and Mode Expo, Antwerp. During this period, she worked as an independent design consultant and apprenticed for various Belgian fashion designer brands, including Martin Margiela, Paris. Loh earned a master’s degree in Fashion Design from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 1999.
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