Textile Futures: Fashion, Design and Technology

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Textiles connect a variety of practices and traditions, ranging from the refined couture garments of Parisian fashion to the high-tech filaments strong enough to hoist a satellite into space. High-performance fabrics are being reconceived as immersive webs, structural networks and information exchanges, and their ability to interface with technology is changing how the human body is experienced and how the urban environment is built. Today, textiles reveal their capacity to ...

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Overview

Textiles connect a variety of practices and traditions, ranging from the refined couture garments of Parisian fashion to the high-tech filaments strong enough to hoist a satellite into space. High-performance fabrics are being reconceived as immersive webs, structural networks and information exchanges, and their ability to interface with technology is changing how the human body is experienced and how the urban environment is built. Today, textiles reveal their capacity to transform our world more than any other material.

Textile Futures highlights recent works from key practitioners and examines the changing role of textiles. Recent developments present new technical possibilities that are beginning to redefine textiles as a uniquely multidisciplinary field of innovation and research. This book is an important tool for any textile practitioner, fashion designer, architect, interior designer or student designer interested in following new developments in the field of textiles, seeking new sustainable sources, or just eager to discover new works that reveal the potency of textiles as an ultramaterial.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845208073
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 11/23/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bradley Quinn is an author, jourbanalist and independent scholar with expertise in fashion, textiles and design. His books include Techno Fashion, The Fashion of Architecture, Chinese Style, Scandinavian Style and Mid-century Modern. As his survey of fashion and textile technology charts recent developments, Quinn explores the furthermost boundaries of what the new generation of textiles can achieve.

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Table of Contents

General Introduction 1

1 Body Technology 7

Electronic Textiles 10

Illuminating Fabric 15

Embedded Fibres 17

Subtle Surveillance 20

Emotive Interfaces 22

Feel the Love 28

Feature Interview: Angel Chang 30

2 Synthesized Skins 35

Exoskeletons 37

Robotic Textiles 39

Sport Skins 41

Fortified Fashion 41

Instant Armour 46

Fluid-Based Fabrics 47

Sensory Skins 52

Soft Skeletons 55

Feature Interview: Vexed Generation 57

3 Surfaces 61

Perceptual Surfaces 63

Invisibility 66

Hypersurfaces 68

Switchable Surfaces 70

Textural Interfaces 71

Textiles for Virtual Worlds 73

Second Life 75

Feature Interview: Jane Harris 79

4 Vital Signs 85

Antimicrobial Fabrics 86

Biotextiles 91

Diagnostic Textiles 97

Medicating Fabrics 100

Smart Bandages 101

Colour and Well-Being 102

Feature Interview: Ptolemy Mann 104

5 Sustainability 109

Biomimicry 111

Spider Silk 118

Upcycled Chic 120

Weaving Social Links 131

Feature Interview: Carole Collet 140

6 Contemporary Art 145

Textile Installations 147

Second Skins 153

Subversive Stitches 159

Feature Interview: Janet Echelman 166

7 Interior Textiles 171

Soft Walls 172

Fibre Furniture 184

Reactive Surfaces 200

Sensory Membranes 202

Smart Carpets 204

Reactive Rugs 206

Thermosensitive Materials 207

Lighting 209

Fibre Optics 210

Electric Embroidery 211

Feature Interview: Hsiao-Chi Tsai 213

8 Textiles for Architecture 217

Membrane Structures 218

Metal Textiles 221

Carbon Fibres 227

Inflatable Structures 228

Fabric Formwork 231

Girli Concrete 235

Geotextiles 237

Feature Interview: Toshiko Mori 239

9 Extreme Interfaces 245

Surface Energy 247

Crystal Energy 248

Flight 252

Kinetic Fabrics 258

Energy Absorption 259

Extremophiles 262

Textiles as Biological Agents 267

Feature Interview: Loop.pH 268

Notes 273

Bibliography 291

List of Credits 295

Index 305

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