Advanced Textiles

Advanced Textiles for Health and Wellbeing

  1. Marie O'Mahony
  • ISBN 9780500515877
  • 25.00 x 19.50 cm
  • Hardback
  • 240pp
  • 231 Illustrations, 231 in colour
  • First published 2011

Informative and inspirational, this is an essential resource for the design professional, fashion and design student, or anyone fascinated by cutting-edge technologies and innovative textiles.

‘An authoritative guide to the technical textiles of tomorrow’ – Embroidery

From medical implants to spacesuits, advanced textiles have the potential to transform human habitats and transportation, protect the environment and support personal health and wellbeing. The world’s most creative designers and engineers are working together to develop high-performance fabrics that are sustainable, fireproof, soundproof and anti-bacterial, and offer protection against extreme weather conditions and man-made disasters.

Advanced Textiles for Health and Wellbeing celebrates the latest technological advances in fibers and fabrics. The first part of the book looks at the materials themselves, including synthetic and hybrid fibers, new weaves and knits, three-dimensional materials, coatings, biotechnology and nanotechnology. The second part considers the design innovations that have been made possible in clothing, transport, and the natural and built environment.

More than 200 colour illustrations demonstrate the beauty and ingenuity of the latest advanced textiles and their exciting applications, which impact on all aspects of our lives. An authoritative glossary of technical terms and a list of suppliers complete this indispensable guide.

Marie O’Mahony is Professor of Advanced Textiles for Fashion Design at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts, London. She is a member of the Australian government’s Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industry Innovation Council (TCFIIC). She writes extensively on textile innovation and design as well as curating exhibitions and working as a consultant to industry. Her previous books for Thames & Hudson include Techno Textiles, Techno Textiles 2 and SportsTech, all co-written with Sarah E. Braddock Clarke, and Cyborg: The Man Machine.