Nanotech and Fashion?

There have been a number of nanotech and textiles conferences recently, but mainly focusing on the technical end of the textile industry, although the fashion end of things gets the occasional look in such as last years anti bacterial smog proof dress.

However, as London is one of the world’s creative hubs for the fashion industry, and even has a DTI funded company dedicated to supporting the creative arts, Nanoforce Ltd which was funded with three million pounds to develop “research and commercialisation of new nanomaterial markets including fashion, architecture, film, and art and design” we though it might be interesting to see if we could spark some creativity by bringing the the nano techies and the fashion world together.
The result is MICRO AND NANOTECHNOLOGIES FOR FASHION AND TEXTILES, to be held on January 24, 2008 at London College of Fashion.

Fashion experts such as Helen Storey, former international fashion designer turned artist, creater or pioneering Sci-Art project Primitive Streak, and co-developer of Wonderland-which explores how new materials can make consumer products less damaging to the planet and Simon Colbeck, Technical Manager Menswear, Marks & Spencer will be highlighted presenters at the event.

For once, I’m hoping to be the least interesting speaker!

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Prof. Richard Jones, Professor of Physics, Sheffield University, Senior Strategic Advisor for Nanotechnology for the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • Prof. George Stylios, Professor of Textiles, Heriot-Watt University
  • Brian McCarthy, Director, Technitex
  • Tim Harper, CEO, Cientifica
  • David Lussey, Managing Director, Petratech
  • Dr Jenny Tillotson, Scentsory Designer, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Fashion & Textiles Design, Innovation Centre at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design
  • Prof. Tony Ryan, ICI Professor of Physical Chemistry and EPSRC Senior Media Fellow, University of Sheffield

Special Discounted Registration Rates have been offered for the event of £35 for Academic/Government Employees and £65 for Industry representatives.

On-line registration is available now HERE.

The conference is supported by The Textile Institute , Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry, The Society of Dyers and Colourists and Technitex

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