Clothing: The Portable Environment / Edition 2

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Susan M. Watkin's new revision of Clothing: The Portable Environment, enlivened by 385 illustrations, updates and enlarges her previous study. Watkins writes for the student and teacher of clothing design, the design professional, and the interested layperson. Her text presents the basic processes, theories, and ingredients of clothing creation. The problem-oriented practicing designer and student are offered guidance in database use and selected keywords for each subject - keys to electronic information sources. The author examines functional clothing design for athletes, astronauts, soldier, and others. She also considers garments used by those with special needs - the asbestos worker, the elderly, the person with disabilities - and offers tests for assessment of mobility, sizing, and fit. Other chapters cover materials, designs, and systems for thermal protection; impact theory and protection; clothing for hazardous environments; mobility in clothing; fastening systems, including heat sealing; special needs clothing; and the process of design. Lists of references and a bibliography for further reading are included.
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WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women
Clothing is obvious. Its form and design are physically apparent, wheras its functions and benefits are less evident. We are more concerned with what our clothes look like than how they fit, feel and function.

Clothing: The Portable Environment unfolds the layers of dress and their benefits, namely how covering our bodies can serve better as protection than ornamentation. Susan Watkins talks about elements of clothing like the effects of color, texture, and fabric structure on radiant heat transfer; body padding for sports amd industrial protection; and thermal protection in hazardous environments. This is a great resource for those of you who want to design or understand the functions of unique aspects of clothing. Susan has compiled a concise review of clothing items that increase body performance, and she explains the functions of specific types of dress. It opens the door to a new way of seeing ourselves clothed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813803180
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 376

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition
About the Illustrations
Ch. 1 Body Responses to Heat and Cold 3
Ch. 2 Textile Materials for Thermal Insulation 25
Ch. 3 Clothing Systems for Thermal Protection 50
Ch. 4 Impact Theory 80
Ch. 5 Impact-protective Materials 98
Ch. 6 Designing Impact-protective Clothing 119
Ch. 7 Living and Working in Hazardous Environments 141
Ch. 8 Providing Mobility in Clothing 218
Ch. 9 Fastening Systems 277
Ch. 10 Meeting Special Needs with Clothing 315
Ch. 11 The Design Process 334
Bibliography 357
Index 363
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