First chat: Fashion - How nylon and modern artificial fabrics came into our lives

The first Xperimania chat for schools will be held on Thursday 25 October 2007 at 2 pm CET. Schools are invited to pose their questions in English to the expert scientist, Dr. Susannah Handley, on the topic "Fashion: how nylon and modern artificial fabrics came into our lives".

Without synthetic fibres brought about by the chemical industry, fashion would have never been the same. Since the introduction of nylon - the first completely synthetic fibre - in 1939 as a "miracle" fibre for women's stockings, lycra®, polyester and other man-made fibres have revolutionised fashion.

Dr. Susannah Handley, a freelance consultant based in Paris, will respond to all students’ questions about this topic. During the previous two years Susannah Handley was Product Innovation Manager at Mantero Lab (Italy). Formerly, she was Creative Director of Archetomic - a company formed in collaboration with materials scientists with the aim of prototyping and marketing design applications of emerging new materials and technologies. She has been a consultant for major companies including DuPont, Max Mara, Orange, and L'Oreal. For many years, Susannah Handley was Senior Tutor for Post-Graduate Research in the School of Fashion & Textiles at the Royal College of Art in London. Her freelance career has included regularly presenting papers at international conferences; writing on design and technology related subjects for numerous publications and curating several major exhibitions. She is the author of "Nylon: The Manmade Fashion Revolution - A Celebration of Design from Art Silk to Nylon and Thinking Fibres".

Interested schools can register by sending an email to with the subject "Xperimania chat".

We look forward to seeing you there!