Part three Creating Shapes and Three-dimensional Forms_Research point

There are a lot of different textiles available to the consumer. Quilting in fashion and furnishing is one of the newest trends. This is of course nothing new. Coco Chanel introduced the first quilted chain handbag in 1955, known as the Chanel 2.55.

Chanel 2.55

Chanel 2.55

Designers such as Michael Kors put their own take on the quilted bag.

Quilted bag by Michael Kors

Quilted bag by Michael Kors

Quilting is also used in furnishing, as demonstrated by the New Traditionalists:

Sofa no. Two Twenty. To by the New Traditionalists

Sofa no. Two Twenty. To by the New Traditionalists

I enjoy watching sports and one of the things that really interests me is the clothing the athletes wear. For instance the suits swimmers wear. There are made out of Hydro K-Zone 3D fabric that helps to achieve the optimum hydrodynamic profile and Pulse-Flex Fabric that offers high stretch in one direction to couple freedom of movement with powerful compression.

Another trend that really interests me is organic cotton. I saw a clip about it on TV the other day. Organic cotton can be bought in most stores now, but they all use different standards. Which is really confusing. There is the Global Organic Textile Standard. Clothes with this label contain 95% organic cotton. The Oeko-tex Standard 100 requires that textiles do not contain substances harmful for the health of people. Than there is the OE 100 Standard, which tells you that, the textiles are made from 100% organic cotton. And lastly, the OE Blended Standard, which requires at least 5% organic cotton. The remaining fiber can be any fiber.

All though there is a lot of development in textiles, we still seem to be holding on to the past. Old trends become fashionable again the only difference is that we use new techniques and sometimes also new materials.

When I started searching for samples of furnishing fabrics in furnishing stores, I found that most of the samples look and feel really luxurious. I found velvet, linen, wool, viscose linen and some mixed samples. The colours are really warm but also traditional.

Furnishing fabric samples

Furnishing fabric samples

I decided to make two little collages of how textiles are being used in fashion and furnishing. It is interesting to see that trends are present in fashion as well as in furnishing, such as crocheting.

Collage of textile fabrics

Collage of textile fabrics

Collage of furnishing fabrics

Collage of furnishing fabrics

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