Extreme Textiles is the first major museum exhibition to explore the extraordinary innovations occurring in technical textiles. Featuring over 150 fully realized products or projects, the exhibition shows how these incredible new materials are revolutionizing the fields of architecture, apparel, medicine, transportation, aerospace, and the environment. These diverse new textiles share common qualities: they are stronger, lighter, faster, smarter, and safer than their predecessors. Featured objects come from National Air & Space Museum as well as international manufacturers and designers, and include wingsuits for skydivers, sails for boats, rope that is flexible but as strong as iron, and the Tumbleweed (a giant computerized beach ball that follows the wind on Mars and deflates to collect information).
This traveling exhibition was organized by Matilda McQuaid, exhibition curator and Head of Cooper-Hewitt’s Textiles Department, with major sponsorship from Target.