Director, Shima Seiki Haute Technology Laboratory
Genevieve Dion has an extensive background in bespoke clothing and industrial design. Her research focuses on identifying production methods that advance the field of wearable technology intended for a variety of high performance textiles applications. Following the signing of a groundbreaking, $1 million partnership agreement with Shima Seiki USA in 2012, Dion founded the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Laboratory, a state of the art knitting facility dedicated to advancing the field of smart textiles. In her Laboratory, Professor Dion, her collaborators in Drexel’s Colleges of Engineering, Information Science and Technology, and Nursing and Health Professions, and a multidisciplinary team of Drexel graduate and undergraduate students, explore of modular and flexible production methods, mass customization of wearable technology and the development of knitted electronic components into garments.
Dion is an Award-winning artist whose creations have history and presence. Each garment or accessory is constructed using the shibori technique, an Ancient Japanese craft involving folding, wrapping, clamping or stitching fabric, then adding or removing color to create swirling, sweeping and geometric patterns. Dion's work has quite a following among celebrities, including Tina Turner and Elvis Costello. Her evening bags and interior collections have been sold at Bergdorf Goodman in New York, and her scarves and interior designs have also been sold at Holt Renfrew in Canada as well as Barneys and Felissimo in New York. Her work on permanently pleated silk is in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert museum in London (2003) and the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco (2010).