Advanced Textiles for Health and Well-Being

Marie O'Mahony

An authoritative and comprehensive survey of the latest developments in high-tech textiles.

The world’s most creative designers and engineers are working together to develop high-performance fabrics that are sustainable, fireproof, anti-bacterial, soundproof, sun- and even shark-resistant. From medical implants to space fabrics, advanced textiles have the potential to transform human habitats and transportation, protect the environment, and support personal health and well-being.

Advanced Textiles celebrates the latest technological advances in fabrics—including synthetic and hybrid fibers, new weaves and knits, three-dimensional materials, coatings, and nanotechnology—along with the design innovations they have made possible.

More than 200 color illustrations demonstrate the beauty and ingenuity of the latest advanced textiles and their exciting real-world applications. An authoritative glossary of technical terms and a list of suppliers complete this indispensable guide.


…transcending the bounds of what's predictable.

— Surface

…does an effective job of showing design-driven science and its application.

— Choice

…an authoritative resource for design professionals and fashion students alike.

— The Midwest Book Review

A useful update …[that] will be of interest to both students and professionals in design or textiles who want to explore new fibers.

— Library Journal


Marie O'Mahony


Marie O’Mahony is Professor of Advanced Textiles at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.