Textile-Led Design for the Active Ageing Population book cover

Textile-Led Design for the Active Ageing Population

Active ageing involves enhancing opportunities for participation, health and security amongst the older population. This increasingly important and relatively neglected group of consumers has complex needs. This important book summarises the wealth of recent research on attitudes to clothing amongst the active ageing population, how their aspirations can be investigated and appropriate apparel designed to meet their needs. Design and manufacturing issues include ways of accommodating physiological changes with age and the use of wearable electronics to enhance health and well-being.

Hardbound, 630 Pages

Published: August 2014

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-85709-538-1


  • Part 1 Understanding the active ageing population: The changing image of the active ageing population; The effect of technological change; Clothing and identity in the active ageing population; Gender, age and image in apparel choice; Attitudes to apparel amongst the baby boomer generation. Part 2 Understanding and researching apparel needs: Quantitative methods; Anatomical and physiological changes; Clothing and thermoregulation; 3D scanning techniques; The role of colour in textiles; Barriers to the adoption of wearable electronics. Part 3 Design techniques: Identifying design requirements; Co-design techniques; Inclusive design techniques. Part 4 From design to apparel: Textile fibres; Fabric selection; Designing base layers; Smart technology; Communicating new products.


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