The merger of fashion with technology has come a long way since I started writing about it. Although fashion and technology have long intersected, there was a time when there were very few books on the subject readily available. Back then it was a space driven by a few pioneers, which meant that most of us got our dose of fashion tech from the same books like Fashioning Technology by Syuzi Pakhchyan, Textile Futures: Fashion, Design and Technology by Bradley Quinn and, of course, Sabine Seymour‘s Fashionable Technology: The Intersection of Design, Fashion, Science, and Technology.
Nowadays, I am happy to say that recent developments in fashion technology have led to a rise in books being published. It is no longer considered just a ‘phase’ that fashion is going through, but a reality that promises to tackle fashion’s problems while future-proofing the industry so it can better serve today’s 21st-century customer. Published in the last three years, we recommend the following five books to read cover to cover.
(1) Fashion and Technology: A Guide to Materials and Applications || By Aneta Genova and Katherine Moriwaki
Published in 2016, Fashion and Technology: A Guide to Materials and Applications looks at how technology impacts the practice of fashion design. Focusing on the adoption of new methods, tools, and approaches, the book explores how new materials, manufacturing processes and advancements in technology are driving forward an understanding of the aesthetics, style, and functionality of garments and accessories.