Since 2011, TALKING TEXTILES is an initiative by trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort and design curator Philip Fimmano that promotes creative textiles. Exhibitions and seminars bring attention to the plight of the endangered textile industry, educating professionals and consumers alike about the importance of fabrics in contemporary culture. This year, TALKING TEXTILES is coming to WantedDesign with an exhibition at Industry City Brooklyn that features 10 finalists from the program’s new textile design prize. Displaying textures and concepts that innovate our perceptions of material, the TALKING TEXTILES installation will offer visitors a visually-tactile experience of innovative fabrics! (On show: May 9 – 19).

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TALKING TEXTILES 2015 finalist Caroline Angiulo “Mind Wandering Bloom”

The winner of the 2015 Dorothy Waxman Textile Design Prize will receive $5,000 and coverage on the online interactive trend platform, The competition is open to students from any country currently enrolled in a textile, fashion or knitting course. (

As part of the program, an inaugural and educational half-day TALKING TEXTILES seminar will take place in Manhattan on May 13; to talk more about fashion and home textile trends, fabrics, yarns and techniques ($150 p.p. / FREE for students, tickets: