“The Book of the Week”

Each week, FashionLab’s editors pick a must have book for your bookshelf.

“Functional Aesthetics: Visions in Fashionable Technology”  is a book dedicated about wearable technology in the fashion industry.

The book itself is about wearable technology in the fashion industry, its history, theory, and practice. The author, Sabine Seymour is the Director of Fashionable Technology Lab at Parsons The New School for Design in New York and collaborates worldwide at numerous institutions like the University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz and the Swedish School of Textiles.

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A book essentially based on examples

The main asset of the book is its readibility. Sabine Seymour obviously find herself more into practice than in pure theory. Her enthralling narrative book explains in simple terms, different tech and science fields in order to be assimilate to either student, designer, scientist or DIY lovers with a passion for wearable technology. To add understandability, Seymour illustrated her work with a lot of examples of state-of-the art projects that intersect fashion, design, technology and aesthetics, including relevant information on DIY resources, publications, inspirations, and much more. 


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The book is showing us how the fashion scene has been influenced by new technologies

Divided into eight chapters (Body sculpture, The Garment as Amplifier of Fantasy, Scientific Couture, The Epidermis as Metaphor, Material Explorations, Transparent Sustainability, Woven Interface and Context as Prerequisite), the book is  showing us how, in the last few years, the fashion scene has been influenced by new technologies. Bio-organic chemistry, innovative materiasl and soft circuits are the new favourites in the big creative fashion breeding ground and are allowing an almost non limited crativity

As a mischievous in house joke for the printing and publishing industry, Seymour’s book offers QR codes on each of this book page, making “Functional Aesthetics: Visions in Fashionable Technology” easily readable on mobile phones and tablet devices.


  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Springer Vienna Architecture; 1st Edition. edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3709103118
  • ISBN-13: 978-3709103111


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