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Advanced Textiles for Health and Wellbeing

Professor Marie O'Mahony

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A wonderfully illustrated exploration of the myriad ways in which cutting-edge technologies and innovative textiles contribute positively to our lives and well-being


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. 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.

Advanced Textiles for Health and Wellbeing celebrates the latest technological advances in fibres and fabrics. The first part of the book looks at the materials themselves, including synthetic and hybrid fibres, 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.

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.

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'An authoritative guide to the technical textiles of tomorrow'

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 25.0 x 19.5 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Illustrations: 231

Publication date: 24 October 2011

ISBN: 9780500515877

Contents List

Introduction • Part I 1. Fibres • 2. Fabric Structures • 3. Surface Part II 4. Habitat • 5. Transport • 6. Personal • 7. Environment

About the Author

Marie O’Mahony is a consultant, professor, author and curator specializing in advanced textiles for fashion design. She is a Professor at Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U), Toronto and Visiting Professor at University of the Arts, London. O’Mahony is the co-author, with Sarah E. Braddock, of Techno Textiles and Techno Textiles 2, and the sole author of Sports Tech and Cyborg, both published by Thames & Hudson.