Robin Anson, editorial director of Textiles Intelligence, has been invited to speak at the Technology Seminar on functional fabrics at Interstoff Asia Spring 2004 on Thursday, March 25, 2004. The theme of his presentation will be: "Performance apparel markets: bridging the gap between technical textiles and fashion".
Just 20 years ago, apparel could be functional or fashionable - but not both. Since the 1990s and the development of innovative technical fabrics, however, functionality has played an increasingly important role in fashion design.
Fashion designers have embraced high performance fabrics, creating collections that make a statement not only about fashion but also about lifestyle. Consumers too have welcomed performance features such as moisture management and thermal regulation, shunning conventional materials that do not live up to their growing expectations about the function of clothing.
High-tech materials which were once prohibitively expensive are now in widespread use. This is enabling apparel manufacturers to differentiate their products in an over-crowded market place.
Furthermore, the lines between fashion and function are becoming increasingly blurred. Today, sportswear combines performance and function with aesthetics and fashion. Major sportswear companies are now crossing the once impermeable divide into the world of haute couture, producing their own collections which are designed to appeal as much to the fashion-conscious casual wearer as to the sports enthusiast.
Robin Anson is the editorial director of Textiles Intelligence, one of the world's leading providers of global business information on the international textile and apparel industries, and publisher of Performance Apparel Markets. Samples of this and other Textiles Intelligence publications will be displayed on the company's stand (no H28) at the exhibition.
Interstoff Asia Spring 2004 International Fabric Show will take place from 23-25 March at Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.
For further information about Interstoff Asia Spring 2004, please contact Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, 1608 China Resources Building, 26 Harbour Road, Wanchae, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2802 7728; Fax: (852) 2598 8771; Website: www.interstoff-asia.com
For further information about Performance Apparel Markets and other reports on the global textile and apparel industry, published by Textiles Intelligence, please contact Belinda Carp at Textiles Intelligence, International Subscriptions, 10 Beech Lane, Wilmslow SK9 5ER, United Kingdom. Tel: +44 (0)1625 536136; Fax: +44 (0)1625 536137; Email: [email protected]; Website: www.textilesintelligence.com
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