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Emerging fashion industry issues

Deanna Clark-Esposito

Source: A Practical Guide to Fashion Law and Compliance, 2018, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

The marriage between fashion and technology has led to the emergence of a new line of products dubbed as “fashion tech” or “wearable technology.” While the fitness space led the way for the market expansion of these products, such as with the FitbitFitbit®, other more cost prohibitive accessories such as Google GlassGoogle GlassGoogle Glass® (Figure 10.1), only enjoyed a short period of media hype prior to its steady decline. Products offering greater functionality, such as Apple, IncApple, Inc.’

Understanding Product Trends: What Customers Buy

Richard Clodfelter

Source: Retail Buying. From Basics to Fashion, 6th Edition, 2018, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter + STUDIO

product line,As a buyer, you must plan and control the kinds of products that will be offered in your store or department. In other words, you must be concerned with the merchandise mix,merchandise mix—the types or mix of products that are available for customers to purchase. The merchandise mix that you select should meet the specific needs of your customers. It must be frequently monitored because an appropriate mix today might not contain the right products tomorrow.

The Textile Cycle: From Fiber to Fashion

Deborah E. Young

Source: Swatch Reference Guide for Fashion Fabrics, 4th Edition, 2018, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter + STUDIO

The text begins with the smallest part of a textile—fiber—and follows the textile cycle through to the final step, finishing. With increasing demand for more versatile and functional fabrics, finishing and care have become major areas of interest within the textile world, unlimited in their commercial potential. For example, one segment of the textile industry is devoted to fibers and finishing processes that resist stains. In their search for more stain-resistant fabrics, researchers have develo

What are smart textiles?

Sarah Kettley

Source: Designing with Smart Textiles, 2016, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

The process of integrating textiles and technology isn’t just surface deep; it actually begins at a molecular level.

The smart textile product: design processes

Sarah Kettley

Source: Designing with Smart Textiles, 2016, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

The term textile designer no longer has a simple definition—the role comprises a myriad of descriptions, including: engineer, inventor, scientist, designer and creative.

Design with smart textiles

Sarah Kettley

Source: Designing with Smart Textiles, 2016, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

Our possibly utopian hope is that e-textile design can, over time, become a means through which hobbyists, craftspeople . . . and children can become technologically fluent—and can express themselves creatively.

Designing your own smart textile

Sarah Kettley

Source: Designing with Smart Textiles, 2016, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

When working with complex and technological compositions, it is easy to get entangled in time-consuming functional details and thereby lose touch with the overall expression.

Developing your practice

Sarah Kettley

Source: Designing with Smart Textiles, 2016, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

Designers embarking on the development of products within the hybrid mix of smart textiles and wearable electronics must research fiber types and constructions and their applications, found beyond the limits of the traditional fashion sector.

Performance, Technical, and Smart Textiles

Ingrid Johnson, Allen C. Cohen and Ajoy K. Sarkar

Source: J.J. Pizzuto’s Fabric Science, 11th Edition, 2015, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter + STUDIO

The strength of the United States textile industry is in the research and development of technology applicable to the marketplace. Efficient mill production of commodity textiles alone is no longer sufficient to insure a strong, vibrant business. To gain a competitive edge in the global textile market, continual investment in cutting edge technologies is the key to future success. This chapter focuses on processes and products that meet the criteria of unique and high value-added textile material

Materials

Susan M. Watkins and Lucy E. Dunne

Source: Functional Clothing Design. From Sportswear to Spacesuits, 2015, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

A textile is defined as “any flexible material that is composed of thin films of polymers or of fibers, yarns, or fabrics or products made of films, fibers, yarns, or fabrics.” (Kadolph 2010, 6) The flexible nature of textiles is of great importance to apparel, which needs to move with the human body. Protective clothing systems are often based on textiles and augmented with other types of materials like foams and rigid materials.

Smart Clothing and Wearable Technology

Susan M. Watkins and Lucy E. Dunne

Source: Functional Clothing Design. From Sportswear to Spacesuits, 2015, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

Electricity is the medium through which information flows in a smart garment system. Changes in the flow of electrical energy through sensors are used to deduce information about the wearer or the environment. Electrically controlled displays present information to the user in the form of images, text, sound, or movement. In order to understand electrical systems, it is important to understand the basics of electricity. Energy Basics 4.1 describes some of these basic concepts.

Designing With Fabric

Evelyn L. Brannon

Source: Designer’s Guide to Fashion Apparel, 2011, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

“Many a dress of mine is born of fabric alone.”

Winter Sports Wear, 1940 to 2015

Susan Barton

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Global Perspectives, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

By the 1940s downhill skiing was an established sport and leisure pastime in both northern Europe and America. There were now manufacturers and retailers specializing in the production and marketing of specifically designed winter sports wear. War in Europe meant that winter sports and other forms of tourism all but disappeared, temporarily, from the established resorts of the Alps. Skiing grew in popularity in North America and some ski teachers from Austria and Germany, fleeing Nazi persecution

Wearable Technology

Leopoldina Fortunati

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Global Perspectives, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

The history of dress is a history not only of creativity and aesthetics, imagination and communication, style and taste, but also of technology. Technology is the silent but indispensable mate of wearing apparel and fashion. The history of dress-related technologies shows the great debt that fashion and wearing apparel have to technology. The body, too, has its technological aspects: From primordial times it has, in fact, been seen as a natural machine. This vision of the body as a natural machin

Wool

Ingun Grimstad Klepp

Translated by Stig Erik Sørheim

Kjetil Enstad

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. West Europe, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Wool is probably the first fiber humans used, and throughout history it has been not only the most utilized fiber but also a commodity of great economic significance. In the twenty-first century, wool plays a more modest role and is primarily associated with quality and tradition.

Intelligent Textiles: The Future of Fashion

Bradley Quinn

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Global Perspectives, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Fashion’s engagement with disciplines such as technology, architecture, industrial design, and biochemistry is creating rapid advancements that radically reinvent its relationship to the body and the built environment. As sustainability becomes increasingly important, new materials and production methods are redefining its relationship to the environment. The first “wearable computer” prototypes of the early 1990s were body-mounted devices such as microphones attached to jackets, waistcoats, and

Intelligent Textiles

Bradley Quinn

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. West Europe, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Intelligent textiles are fabrics designed to be programmable in order to produce data about the exchanges they facilitate and the changes they effect. They often have interwoven circuitry and technological parts, embedded sensors and conductive fibers, or coatings of sensory materials, that is, materials capable of transmitting and receiving information about the wearer’s surroundings, and that effect a deliberate transformation while worn on the body. Known variously as technotextiles, technical

The Textile Sample

Jenny Udale

Source: Textiles and Fashion. Exploring Printed Textiles, Knitwear, Embroidery, Menswear and Womenswear, 2nd Edition, 2008, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

Looking back historically, we can see the types of textiles that were popular at certain times. This is usually related to an advancement in technology or trend within society. Throughout the history of textiles, certain patterns and fabrics have been repeated. These textiles become classics and some classics remain constantly popular in some form or another, for example, polka dots stripes and florals. Other classics go in and out of fashion, such as the paisley design. It is interesting to take

Fashioning Sports Clothing as Lifestyle Couture

Jennifer Craik

Source: Uniforms Exposed. From Conformity to Transgression, 2005, Berg Fashion Library

Book chapter

This chapter explores how sports clothing has shifted from specialist apparel to enhance sporting performance to become a mainstay of stylistic trends in fashion and the basis of contemporary everyday dress. Sports clothing is not only the dominant form of clothing and footwear manufacture and marketing but also an increasingly important segment of designer fashion. So-called sports couture has taken the functionality out of sports clothing and transformed it into hyper chic.

Introduction

Bradley Quinn

Source: Techno Fashion, 2002, Berg Fashion Library

Book chapter

Five: Intelligent Fashion

Bradley Quinn

Source: Techno Fashion, 2002, Berg Fashion Library

Book chapter

The i-Wear project got under way with the production of conceptual prototype garments. In parallel with the conceptual work, design research was initiated to understand and generate the enabling technologies that would bring the vision of intelligent clothing to life. The project was set up as a five-year research commission that produced several generations of prototype garments during its lifespan. De Brouwer and his team developed a prototype garment consisting of multiple specialized tiers in

Eight: Electric Textiles

Bradley Quinn

Source: Techno Fashion, 2002, Berg Fashion Library

Book chapter

To Daniel Herman, light is magic. He takes inspiration from times of day when the quality of light is changing; the dawn and twilight are times imbued with illusions and fantasy. The play of light over the body is the essence of his laser-cut designs, where space, shadow and movement are considerations factored into his visionary fashions. Herman’s collections do not follow current fashion trends per se, but succeed in capturing the spirit of contemporary fashion as it moves in a new direction.

Nine: Sportswear

Bradley Quinn

Source: Techno Fashion, 2002, Berg Fashion Library

Book chapter

For more than a decade, Nike led the industry in both technological innovation and style. The tailored details of Nike sportswear influenced the sportswear collections of established fashion labels and cutting edge designers. Nike pioneered a streamlined, modern look usually associated with minimal fashion, that appealed to fashion-conscious urban dwellers whether they were gym devotees or not. Advanced technology gives Nike garments and shoes ventilation, water repellency and stretchability, mak

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