research project at JST Design Interface Lab, Tokyo
Most people interested in fashion are limited to participating as consumers because of the difficulty of the skills involved in making clothes. This system and interface aims to make it easy enough for anyone to design and make their own clothes (well, dresses at least!). There are 2 main parts: an interface for designing a dress, and a way to view the dress you've designed/generate a pattern for it. Designing the dress involves drawing on and around a life-sized mannequin to indicate boundaries of the dress and other important features with special motion-tracked tools. You view the dress on a screen with a digital mannequin, which can be controlled by the physical mannequin. That is, moving and rotating the physical mannequin rotates and moves the view of the digital mannequin. Once you've designed the dress, the program can generate a flattened pattern to be traced onto fabric, cut out, and sewn to create the dress you've designed.
Prof. Takeo Igarashi (University of Tokyo)
Prof. Jun Mitani (Tsukuba University)