Monthly Monday Book Review for February ‘2014 – Textile Futures: Fashion, Design and Technology – Bradley Quinn

It’s first Monday of February. Time for Book Review!

Enjoy the Book Review with steaming hot coffee.

Book Name – Textile Futures: Fashion, Design and Technology

Author – Bradley Quinn

Official description of the Book

Textile Futures highlights recent works from key practitioners and examines the changing role of textiles. Recent developments present new technical possibilities that are beginning to redefine textiles as a uniquely multidisciplinary field of innovation and research. This book is an important tool for any textile practitioner, fashion designer, architect, interior designer or student designer interested in following new developments in the field of textiles, seeking new sustainable sources, or just eager to discover new works that reveal the potency of textiles as an ultra material.

What’s in the Book?

It is divided into the following sections – Body Technology, Synthesized Skin, Surfaces, Vital Signs, Sustainability, Contemporary Art, Interior Textiles, Textiles for Architecture and Extreme Interfaces. These sections are further divided into sub-titles. Every section ends with a featured interview. The text is supported by color photographs that make the book quite attractive

What I liked the most?

  1. I love the fact that the author groups the textile materials by function and assess their significance and future trends in the field
  2. The next thing I liked the most is – this book not only talks about the current textile materials that are already in the market, but also introduces the readers to many textile innovations the future may hold.
  3. It is quite impressive because the author explains all the textile related terminology in layman’s language. Yes, you heard it right, no jargon
  4. My portfolio is sustainability. So any information in this domain is quite interesting to me. The amazing fact of this book is that, though it has lot of theory for specialized majors, it is presented in such a remarkable manner that almost everyone regardless of their background can enjoy this book.
  5. The inclusion of major researchers, artists, and companies working on the written subject matter is adorable. It basically helps the readers to find out more in-depth information about their interest area.
  6. Last but not the least, trust me every word in the book will create fascination for textiles and fashion.

Did you know?

Wearable vitamins? Art made of knitted textiles? Textiles that sense and alert you to environmental toxins? All these are showcased in this book.

What was the surprise?

The Lifesuit that allows even paralyzed people to walk was a real surprise for me. I adore it even more as it has social good component to it.

Verse to remember

“Beginnings are always small. Go to Gangotri where Ganges River begins. You will see few drops tricking. And one cannot believe that these trickling drops are going to create the Ganges, but they do” under the subtitle – Anita Ahuja

Crowning glory

Every girl loves to own all fashion brands in the world. But there is this special dress that she loves to wear on very special occasion.

On that note, You may have affordability and accessibility to world’s top most fashion designers. But a very simple handmade dress with mom’s love is the ultimate joy

On that note, every story is great and there is no differing opinion on that.

But, the greatest, the most beautiful and the most impressive of all is “SUSTAINABILITY – ANITA AHUJA”

The Sustainability Chapter features the story of Conserve under title – Anita Ahuja.

So, have you read this book? If yes, were our views different?


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