Bio

ANKE LOH

Anke Loh’s work has drawn international attention since she studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium in 1999. Her collections have been featured in international runway shows and showrooms including New York’s Fashion Week, Paris’ Centre Pompidou, Japan’s Osaka Collection Show, and Mode Expo Antwerp, Belgium. Her artistic projects, including Urban Identities, Aloft: Fearless Fashion, and Dressing Light, have attracted international media coverage and recognition, including being honored as a Laureate at the Festival International des Arts et de la Môde in Hyères, France.

INTERDISCIPLINARY EXPLORATION

Anke embraces technology as another way of communication with the body – extending the body to communicate with the outside world as well as the inner word of one’s self. She has forged multiple collaborations with technology-focused individuals, research teams, companies and universities in Europe, Asia and the USA, with the objective of blending fashion with the latest technological advances. Her ongoing residencies, grants and invitations to speak at conferences have enriched her scholarly foundation, enabling her to expand her connections and collaborations with artists and scientists, and to pursue deeper research.

Anke has focused on discovering new ways to incorporate fiber optics into fabric. She collaborated with Luminex (Italy and Miami) to develop optical fiber garments. She broke new ground by integrating Philips Lumalive panels into dresses and skirts, which featured video imagery on soft embedded LED screens, and has partnered with the Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin to research and explore the possibilities of stretchable circuitry. Currently she is blending refined craft with high-tech resources, as she develops new directions with her latest work, employing state-of-the-art Stoll knitting machines during her residencies at TextielLab in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Anke Loh works as a practicing fashion designer, Chair Emeritus and Associate Professor of the Fashion Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she has worked since 2005. She studied fashion at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, earning an MFA in 1999, after which she launched her former fashion design company, Rosso NV.

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