NEW FIBRES – Online Conference
Textilmuseum St. Gallen, CH
13.11.2020, 9.30 – 12.30
Photo: M.Graf, © Textilmuseum St. Gallen
Due to the current situation, the conference "New Fibres" will be held online on 13 November. For the transmission we will use the software "zoom". Registrations are still possible.
New textile materials influence the fashion industry and change the demands on clothing. While in pre- and early industrial times these were natural fibres, which suddenly became available in larger quantities thanks to expanded trade routes and improved technologies, since the 20th century they have been mainly man-made fibres such as viscose, nylon or polyester. Brilliantly dyed but inexpensive clothing fabrics made of viscose were already widespread in the 1920s.
In the middle of the 20th century, the fine and at the same time tear-resistant stockings made of polyamide were the "must-have" of every woman. Today, most people wear clothes that offer comfortable freedom of movement thanks to the addition of elastane. The increasingly pressing question of sustainably produced clothing is motivating industrial and research institutions to develop new materials that combine the high functional demands of modern clothing with environmentally friendly production and recycling.
Speakers: Connie Karol Burks (Victoria & Albert Museum, London), Leonie Häsler (Humboldt University Berlin), René Rossi (Empa St.Gallen), Alexis Schwarzenbach (HSLU), Tina Tomovic (HSLU)