Techno Fashion

Techno Fashion

by Bradley Quinn
     
 

From digital-display dresses to remote control couture, this book exposes the revolutionary interface between contemporary fashion and technology. Twenty-first century fashion makes a dramatic departure from traditional methods; rather than looking to the past for inspiration, designers now look to the hi-tech future. The result is i-wear, the buzzword for intelligent… See more details below

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From digital-display dresses to remote control couture, this book exposes the revolutionary interface between contemporary fashion and technology. Twenty-first century fashion makes a dramatic departure from traditional methods; rather than looking to the past for inspiration, designers now look to the hi-tech future. The result is i-wear, the buzzword for intelligent clothing that fuses fashion with communication technology, electronic textiles, and sophisticated design innovations to express new ideas about appearance, construction and functionalism. Born out of the collaboration between fashion designers and I.T. technicians, this new dialogue could be the most significant design innovation in fashion's history, or indicate its eventual demise.Through detailed studies of catwalk collections and interviews with designers ranging from mavericks like Alexander McQueen and Tristan Webber to artistic innovators Hussein Chalayan and Yeohlee, Bradley Quinn examines the impact of this new wave of fashion. As intelligence and technology create another direction for clothing, a new breed of designer-cum-scientist emerges to redefine the way we dress, communicate, and even respond to environmental changes. As Quinn critically assesses the implications technology presents for fashion's future, he charts the disappearance of the traditional woman of fashion, explores the boundaries between clothing, body and machine, and re-evaluates the ethics and lifestyles traditionally designated by codes of dress.

Author Biography: Bradley Quinn is a writer and journalist.

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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." —hintmag.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859736203
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
01/01/2003
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.71(h) x 0.53(d)

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