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Susannah Handley is a research tutor in the School of Fashion and Textiles at the Royal College of Art, London. She has written on subjects relating to fashion and textiles for many years, contributing to the International Herald Tribune, the Guardian, Blueprint, GQ, and International Textiles, among others. She has worked as a consultant for DuPont, organized fashion shows, and has been a curator for several major exhibitions, including The Plastics Age at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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"An outstanding discussion of the development of synthetic fabrics in England and the United States." -- Kathy Peiss, Studies in the Decorative Arts


"One of the 19th century's most earth-shattering inventions, nylon -- yes, nylon -- has its history spun in Susannah Handley's Nylon." -- Vanity Fair


"Generously illustrated and informative without being too technical, Nylon is essential reading for anyone with an interest in fashion." -- Library Journal


"Much like one of the research chemists described in her work, Susannah Handley brings together disparate elements to create something dynamic and new... This book is a cogently argued, visually attractive contribution to business and fashion scholarship." -- Sarah Elvins, Enterprise and Society


"For those who assume nylon's greatest contribution to the sartorial world to have been the introduction of synthetic stockings to eager North American female consumers in 1938, Nylon offers a far more elaborate account of the manmade fiber's relation to fashion, from ready-made to couture design." -- Alison J. Clarke, Technology and Culture


"Tracing the evolution of synthetic fabrics from their origins in the chemistry of explosives manufacturing in the 19th century to the wearable computers being developed today, author Susannah Handley manages the rare feat of making serious academic scholarship extremely groovy... Provocative pictures and surprising facts... Who knew a book about chemistry could be so much fun?" -- Deirdre R. Schwiesow, USA Today


"Artfully told... Succeeds as a history of advertising, of fashion and of chemical textiles. The expertly selected photographs in it provide a first-rate visual articulation to the text. In fact, they are so appealing that Nylon could do very well as a coffee table book -- but that would give short shrift to Ms. Handley's enjoyable prose and history of a surprisingly interesting subject." -- Pia Nordlinger, Wall Street Journal


Much like one of the research chemists described in her work, Susannah Handley brings together disparate elements to create something dynamic and new... This book is a cogently argued, visually attractive contribution to business and fashion scholarship.--Sarah Elvins "Enterprise and Society "


Tracing the evolution of synthetic fabrics from their origins in the chemistry of explosives manufacturing in the 19th century to the wearable computers being developed today, author Susannah Handley manages the rare feat of making serious academic scholarship extremely groovy... Provocative pictures and surprising facts... Who knew a book about chemistry could be so much fun?--Deirdre R. Schwiesow "USA Today "


An outstanding discussion of the development of synthetic fabrics in England and the United States.--Kathy Peiss "Studies in the Decorative Arts "


For those who assume nylon's greatest contribution to the sartorial world to have been the introduction of synthetic stockings to eager North American female consumers in 1938, "Nylon" offers a far more elaborate account of the manmade fiber's relation to fashion, from ready-made to couture design.--Alison J. Clarke "Technology and Culture "


Artfully told... Succeeds as a history of advertising, of fashion and of chemical textiles. The expertly selected photographs in it provide a first-rate visual articulation to the text. In fact, they are so appealing that "Nylon" could do very well as a coffee table book--but that would give short shrift to Ms. Handley's enjoyable prose and history of a surprisingly interesting subject.--Pia Nordlinger "Wall Street Journal "

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