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Wearable Technology

Leopoldina Fortunati

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

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

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

Bradley Quinn

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

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

Intelligent Textiles: The Future of Fashion

Bradley Quinn

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

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

Fashioning Sports Clothing as Lifestyle Couture

Jennifer Craik

Source: Uniforms Exposed. From Conformity to Transgression 2005

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.

Five: Intelligent Fashion

Bradley Quinn

Source: Techno Fashion 2002

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

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

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

Introduction

Bradley Quinn

Source: Techno Fashion 2002

Book chapter

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