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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.
BRADLEY QUINN, the British author and journalist of this book, has expertise in fashion, architecture, textiles and design. His books include Techno Fashion, The Fashion of Architecture, Chinese Style, Scandinavian Style, Mid-century Modern, Textile Designers at the Cutting Edge, Textile Futures and UltraMaterials. Three of his books (The Fashion of Architecture, Designed in Sweden and Mid-century Modern) became exhibitions that toured internationally. Bradley Quinn was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2003, and lectures at institutions and events throughout the world today. He has not only written 15 books, but is also the Creative Director of Stylus Fashion.
From Bradley Quinn’s Amazon page:
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.
Dramatic changes are ahead for us in the clothing we will wear in the future. You can view his 23 minute presentation at the Inspiring Matter Conference in April 2012 at the Royal College of Art: