Madison Maxey on Innovation and Why You Need to Know About Wearable Tech

Madison Maxey is blurring the lines between fashion and technology. As the founder of smart fabric company, Loomia, she’s showing the world how textiles can be used to light up devices or read vital signs. Over the past four years, the young entrepreneur has contributed to programming an LED matrix dress for fashion designer Zac Posen and Google and co-designed the Kelvin heated jacket. Last year, she won Marie Claire’s first-ever Young Women’s Honors Award.

What inspired you to pursue smart textiles?

I enjoy the intersection of industries and I was attracted to smart textiles because it’s the intersection of design, technology and new fabrication methods.

Loomia is bridging the gap between textiles and technology. What’s it like to design fabrics that could help us in the future?

I deeply enjoy the design and engineering process for smart textiles because it involves manipulating textile materiality to perform like circuitry.

Smart textiles are gaining momentum in multiple industries. As a pioneer in this field, how do you navigate challenges that may come up along the way?

I learn from mistakes and try to read as much as I can about what’s happening in the industry.

What’s been the most surreal part of your career so far?

Everyday is a bit surreal. I love my work and I’m grateful to get to do something that I love each day!

What advice would you give to young women who are also interested in smart textiles and wearable technology?

Learn more about textiles, clothing production, electronics and physical computing!

Interview conducted by: Genevieve Scarano, 1,000 Dreams Fund Contributor