“The Book of the Week”

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

“Textile Futures: Fashion, Design and Technology” by Bradley Quinn, is a must read book for anyone interested in exokeletons, robotics, textiles and new technologies

Bradley Quinn is a British writer, journalist and independent scholar with expertise in fashion, textiles and design. His book “Textile Futures: Fashion, Design and Technology”, is not only about new textile materials, but also about textile innovations the future may hold.

Textile Futures expand our point of view of “what a textile is” and “what functions it can have” or what the next generation of textiles could achieve

According to Quinn “textiles are transcending their traditional functions,… morphing into uniquely tactile interfaces through which broader sensory stimulus can be perceived….Because fibres, fabrics and textile techniques are becoming seamlessly integrated with technology, textiles represent an interconnected collective that links many disciplines.”

The information in Textile Futures is totally fascinating, as it shows the potential that textiles have to transform our world

Quinn’s enthralling text is supported by good illustrations and supplemented with short designers and researchers interviews. This book, produced like a scientific publication, (with detailed notes, bibliography, index in the appendix etc.), was written with a punchy journalistic tone, making the whole work accessible and easy to read. 

This work should be required reading for any designers and design students!


  • Publisher: Berg Publishers (November 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845208080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845208080

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