Digital Fashion Designer
Digital fashion designers aim is to design, demonstrate, and test the properties of clothes in a virtual environment. The body scanner creates a virtual 3D copy of a person, based on which digital patterns are generated. The material gets all the properties (density, texture, pattern) and is ‘stitched’ in a virtual environment with the use of the clothes production technology.
Digital fashion design requires the skills of designing and modelling, materials science and production technology, ergonomics and anthropometry, as well as the use of special software and equipment.
Digital modelling techniques determine the quality of fit, ease of use, and final appearance without creating a physical model sample. Such parametric design allows for custom mass fabrication, which will have a big influence on online shopping and the whole fashion industry.
The first ever fully 3D-printed fashion piece, a dress, appeared in 2013. It was made using a 3D-printing process called laser sintering, where the powder is sintered into a flexible material functioning almost like a fabric.
Digitally crafted fashion pieces can be custom fit as well as custom changed. This means, if you have a 3D file of the fashion garment, only a few changes need to be made in the algorithm and the pattern, size, design of the whole piece changes in a few seconds.
Haute couture is increasing the share of digital manufacturing. By the end of 2019, HUGO BOSS expects up to 10% of its total collection to be developed digitally.