Anke Loh, MFA, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Fashion 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.
Anke Loh has collaborated with a range of interdisciplinary teams. Her work on incorporating fiber optics into interactive fabric included working with Luminex (Italy and Miami) and the computer science department at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. 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.
Anke earned a Master’s Degree in Fashion Design from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 1999. She is impassioned by travel and observing compelling and dissonant cultural dynamics.
The dialogue about fashion, body and materials is in constant flux, with a profound influence on our minds and senses. As a second skin, fashion can be a powerful vehicle to integrate the latest technology, resulting in a most elegant and functional blend. My collaborative research has yielded necklaces and bracelets reminiscent of lace in their structure, featuring LEDs powered by tiny, ultra-thin,
polyurethane-based electronics, in five distinct designs and four color options.