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From chemistry to catwalk

Increasingly fashion designers rely on many different branches of science in order to create the vibrant clothes we see on the catwalks. Join us to find out the secrets of fashion!

Increasingly fashion designers rely on many different branches of science in order to create the vibrant clothes we see on the catwalks. Take the recent trend in knitwear fashion for example. You might not think of knitting as being a cutting-edge technology, but actually knitting, as a 21st century craft, combines art, design, fashion, mathematics and technology, and has now evolved into an advanced industrial manufacturing process. The emphasis now is on material science and the development of new and exciting fabrics, each with different characteristics that can spark a whole new catwalk trend. Fashion designers are now just as likely to collaborate with experts in smart fabrics and hi-tech printing techniques, as work with traditional tailors. Ideas are continuing to develop: some researchers are exploring the potential of conductive fibres facilitating the use of wearable electronics. A far cry from traditional methods of weaving and block printing, but certainly an exciting future! Find out the secrets of fashion join Sandy Black (Reader in Fashion and Textiles and Post- Graduate Co-ordinator, London College of Fashion), Dr Frances Geesin (Senior Research Fellow, London College of Fashion), and Philip Delamore (Senior Research Fellow, London College of Fashion) to look at the new technologies being used in the fashion industry. The event will be chaired by Baroness Susan Greenfield (Director of the Ri).

This event is in partnership with the London College of Fashion.


Baroness Susan Greenfield | talks | www
Sandy Black | talks | www
Philip Delamore | talks | www
Dr Frances Geesin | talks | www


Date and Time:

23 September 2004 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The Royal Institution of Great Britain
21 Albemarle Street
+44 20 74 09 29 92

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