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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

When Is Innovation?

Ingrid Loschek

Source: When Clothes Become Fashion. Design and Innovation Systems 2009

Book chapter

Since Schumpeter, innovations have been understood as inventions that have asserted themselves. This implies two completely different processes—the process of inventing and that of realisation. The innovation, the newly created, presupposes inventiveness, that is the ‘invention’ (cf. p. 31). The association and lack of terminological differentiation between invention and innovation is frequently detrimental to stringent analysis, and the generic term innovation degenerates into a nebulous catchwo

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