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Books about the future of Fashion
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Fashioning The Future
by Suzanne Lee

Spray-on dresses, growable suits and self-cleaning shirts may soon become everyday items. This visionary exploration of where fashion and clothing are headed provides the first guide to the astonishing ways in which contemporary science and technology are shaping what we wear.

Fashioning the Future examines the work of those scientific researchers and fashion designers, such as Issey Miyake, Hussein Chalayan and Walter Van Beirendonck, who are transforming today’s science fiction into tomorrow’s reality.

Fashioning the Future is essential for those interested in the long-term future of fashion, design and lifestyle – as well as for everyone wanting to know how to stand out from the crowd.

Clothing as Material Culture
by Susanne Kuchler, Daniel Miller

In recent years, there has been a spate of books theorizing fashion. Few, however, take on board the artefactual nature of cloth. In contrast, costume historians have looked closely at garments, but have shown less concern with how clothing is informed by social structures. This book fills a major gap by combining these two "camps" through an expressly material culture approach to clothing. In sustained case studies,
Kuchler and Miller argue that cloth and clothing are living, vibrant parts of culture and the body. From the recycling of cloth in Africa and India and the use of pattern in the Pacific, to the history of "wash and wear" and why women wear the wrong clothes to restaurants, this book shows the considerable advantage gained by seamlessly combining material and social aspects of dress and textiles.

Techno Textiles 2: Revolutionary Fabrics for Fashion and Design

by Sarah E. Braddock Clarke, Marie O'Mahony

This book builds on the first edition's theme of technologically-innovative textiles, with a focus on explaining the textiles and showing their applications in architecture, design, fashion and art. Many of the materials covered have origins in military, space or heavy industry (a shirt, for instance, made partially with metal alloys that "remember" their original shape has roots in the European space program), but have been transformed by engineers, designers, architects and artists into improved (or just different) versions of objects traditionally made with plastic or natural fabric, i.e. three-dimensional embroidery, used for a vascular prosthesis; ceramic-based fabrics that conduct very little heat and make ideal fuel filters and swimwear; and woven polypropylene, as used in architectural applications. Examples are presented in a thoughtful layout that includes hundreds of bright photographs. (Though the "Fashion" section, a fitful marriage of glossy fashion mags and dull techtalk, is lacking in the inspiration department.) The writing, however, runs the gamut from bland to clunky to grammatically or structurally flawed ("Fashion designers choose the new textiles largely for their progressive appearance and sometimes regardless of their supreme performance properties") and can belabor the obvious. ( "Umbrella structures are used in many outdoor sites to provide protection from the elements.") This book has a trove of information and eye candy, but its lack of writing chops makes it more a flip-through visual reference than a satisfying read.

Fashion Design: Process, Innovation and Practice
by Kathryn McKelvey, Janine Munslow

The analytical, problem-solving approach of this textbook, combined with practical design projects and portfolio exercises, shows how the design process can be successfully applied to satisfy market needs and trends.

Going Global: The Textiles And Apparel Industry

by Grace I. Kunz, Myrna B. Garner

Today textiles and apparel are produced in over 200 countries. Over the past 100 years, trade in textiles and apparel has progressed from independent markets within local communities to a complex global distribution system. No other forms of commerce can claim to be as pervasive throughout the globe as the production and distribution of textile and apparel products. Not only is this business found in all parts of the globe, but textiles and apparel provides employment for more people than any other industry, directly providing a livelihood for many millions of people, including employment of 37 million individuals in India alone!

This book provides a coherent framework for understanding globalization in the field of textile and apparel from the perspective of not only business, but all major constituencies affected by world trade. Topics that will be selectively addressed include: economic/business, social/labor, political/government, trade associations, social activists, consumers, developed countries, newly developed countries, and developing countries.

Fashion as Communication

by Malcolm Barnard

Fashion as Communication introduces fashion and clothing as a way of communicating identities and preferences such as class, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity. Drawing on theoretical approaches to culture, specifically those of Simmel, Derrida, Baudrillard and Jameson, Barnard assesses the consequences of postmodernism for fashion as mode of communication.

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