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From digital-display dresses to remote control couture, this book exposes the revolutionary interface between contemporary fashion and technology. As twenty-first century fashion makes a dramatic departure from traditional methods, designers no longer turban to the past for inspiration, but look to the hi-tech future. The result is techno fashion, the new wave of intelligent clothing that fuses fashion with communication technology, electronic textiles, and sophisticated design innovations that express new ideas about appearance, construction and wearability. Born out of the collaboration between fashion designers, researchers and scientists, this new dialogue could be the most significant design innovation in fashion’s history, or indicate its eventual demise. Either way, techno fashion promises to forever disrupt the historical narrative of fashion evolution. Through interviews with designers ranging from innovators such as Hussein Chalayan and Tristan Webber to mavericks like Alexander McQueen, Bradley Quinn examines the impact of this new direction. The fusion of design and technology introduced by Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo and Issey Miyake has created another direction for clothing, creating a new breed of designer-cum-scientist who redefines the way we dress, communicate, and even respond to environmental changes. As technology begins to shape fashion's future, it redefines the boundaries between clothing, body and machine, forever transforming the ethics and lifestyles traditionally designated by codes of dress.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The first roadmap into the relatively uncharted frontier of fashion and technology. And like any new world, this is one fraught with excitement, expectations and unknown potential. Comprehensive in scope and vision." —Surface

"Cerebral fashion gets the scholarly treatment by a writer intent on deconstructing the work of such artists and designers as Issey Miyake, Hussein Chalayan, Mandarina Duck, and Lucy Orta. Quinn¹s book focuses on fashion as a multidisciplinary artform that encompasses architecture, interior design, and even camping equipment. Armed with thorough research and surprisingly personal interviews, Quinn makes fashion look smarter than the clothes could ever make the man." —Black Book

"Quinn's book insightfully excavates the terrain of contemporary fashion and technology. From digital-display dresses to remote control couture, computerized clothing and i-Wear (intelligent wear), Quinn investigates the fusion of fashion with communication technology, electronic textiles, and sophisticated design innovations that express new ideas about appearance, construction and functionalism ... Techno Fashion is accessible and inspired reading - a profound text that is a must read for anyone considering fashion's future." —

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859735992
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Bradley Quinn is an Author and Jourbanalist.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Fashion and the Built Environment 11
Yeohlee Teng 14
Lucy Orta 19
Hussein Chalayan 26
2 Twenty-five-century Bodies 33
Tristan Webber 35
Alexander McQueen 38
Hussein Chalayan 50
3 Surveillance 57
Simon Thorogood 58
Vexed Generation 64
Katrina Barillova 71
4 Cybercouture 77
Pia Myrvold 78
Nothing nothing 87
Grey Area 92
5 Intelligent Fashion 97
I-Wear 101
Electric Embroidery 106
Sensory Signals 109
Techno Medicine 111
Military Intelligence 113
Virtual Networking 114
6 Transformables 117
Bits and Pieces: Patrick Cox, Galya Rosenfeld and John Ribbe 123
C P Company 130
Kosuke Tsumura/Final Home 134
Jeff Griffin 136
7 Japanese Innovation 141
Rei Kawakubo 143
Yohji Yamamoto 147
Issey Miyake 150
Michiko Koshino 153
Junya Watanabe 158
8 Electric Textiles 163
Daniel Herman 166
Shelley Fox 171
Elisabeth de Senneville 175
Kei Kagami 176
Nigel Atkinson 179
Rebecca Earley 180
Sophie Roet 181
Savithri Bartlett 183
Shape-shifting Textiles 184
9 Sportswear 185
Technology in Motion 186
Bridging the Gap 192
Fashion Active Lab 194
Sports Shoes 197
Notes 201
List of credits 209
Index 213
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