Textiles Scotland and the University of Strathclyde have been awarded £10K of funding from Interface to explore the use of virtual and augmented reality to improve garment pattern design.
Through a funding call to boost innovation amongst business and academics in the creative industries, Textiles Scotland have collaborated with academics at the University of Strathclyde and successfully secured funding.
Virtual fitting and product customisation
Textiles Scotland and the University of Strathclyde are exploring the use of virtual and augmented reality to collect and analyse consumers’ biometric data and match it to garment patterns. The project will help tailors and bespoke manufacturers to increase efficiency, productivity and customer satisfaction by customising clothing, maximising fit, and minimising garment adjustment time; thereby reducing material wastage.
Jaki Love, Director of Textiles Scotland, said:
“Innovation is key to the survival of the industry and this research will provide unique opportunities for our designers and manufacturers to create bespoke products for their customers and reduce waste. Being at the forefront of innovation and sustainability in textiles will put Scotland on the map as the place to source bespoke luxury fashion.”
Danny McMahon, who is leading the project at the university, said:
“The overall aim of the project is to understand people’s sizes and custom-make clothes to that size and shape.”
He added: “It has the potential to eradicate the problem of different store sizes and offers the possibility of moving away from standard sizes. It is about a more individual experience and customers having confidence that the clothes they buy can fit.”
Howell Davies, Sector Engagement Project Manager at Interface, said:
“Funding collaborations like these can bring about really positive solutions to a range of businesses [and] supply chains ... leading to positive impacts on the economy and environment. We’re really excited by these latest projects and look forward to seeing the outcomes.”