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Fashioning the Future

Tomorrow's Wardrobe

Suzanne Lee

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A visionary and creative guide to the ‘future wardrobe’ and the emergent technologies making it possible


Spray-on dresses, growable suits and self-cleaning shirts - these may become everyday items in a future wardrobe. In this visionary exploration of where fashion and clothing are headed, Suzanne Lee provides the first guide to the astonishing ways in which contemporary science and technology are shaping what we wear.

The fast-paced world of fashion is driven by an appetite for the new and creative, an appetite this inspirational book satisfies to the full.

Fashioning the Future examines the work of those scientific researchers and fashion designers, such as Issey Miyake, Hussein Chalayan and Walter Van Beirendonck, who are transforming today’s science fiction into tomorrow’s reality. It is illustrated throughout with stunning fashion 'dreamscapes' created by leading British image-makers Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones, as well as a host of innovative visions from the past whose time has at last arrived.

Fashioning the Future is a unique visual journey, an informative research tool, and an imaginative, exciting message that the future is here. It is essential for those interested in the long-term future of fashion, design and lifestyle – as well as for everyone wanting to know how to stand out from the crowd.

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'Brings the reader up to speed with the astoundingly rapid advancements in the fusion between fashion and technology'
International Textiles

'Comprehensive yet accessible … Lee is particularly good at explaining difficult theories and giving clear examples … the fantastical images are lovely … the content is fascinating'

'A maelstrom of inventive ideas … thorough and authoritative'
Design Week

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 28.6 x 23.5 cm

Extent: 208 pp

Illustrations: 290

Publication date: 2 July 2007

ISBN: 9780500285855

Contents List

1. The Spray-On Dress • 2. The Programmable Jacket • 3. The Spider- Silk Suit • 4. The Invisible Coat • 5. The Glowing Ballgown • 6. The Shape-Changing Skirt • 7. The Instant Swimsuit • 8. The Guardian Vest • 9. The Talking T-Shirt • 10. The Paint-On Raincoat

About the Author

Suzanne Lee has pioneered research into the crossover of fashion, textiles and smart technologies at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London

Warren du Preez has worked with Hermès, Cacharel, Levi’s, Massive Attack, Björk, Sony, Nike and many others.

List of Contributors

Warren Du Preez, Nick Thornton Jones