Check this out – Computational Couture

30Mar11

One of my colleagues drew my attention to a really interesting project called Continuum. The idea is that you go to a website, scribble a drawing of a dress, and a program translates that into a pattern sized to your measurements. You can then download the pattern and sew the dress. It’s only a demo so far, but you can have a play with it at http://www.continuumfashion.com/Ddress/.

Mary Huang, the designer behind it, has made three real dresses from patterns generated by the software. You can see them at her project website here although you’ll need to scroll down a bit. The styles produced are very futuristic and angular because the software works by generating a grid of triangles based on the original sketch. Personally I love that sort of thing and I really hope this becomes more than just a demo. She’s currently trying to raise funding to set up production via Kickstarter. This is a pledge bank arrangement – you can pledge to support a project, usually in exchange for promised rewards, but if the project doesn’t reach its target level of support by its deadline then no money changes hands. One of the possible rewards on this project (for a pledge of $25 or more) is your own Continuum dressmaking pattern! So I’ve signed up, and fingers crossed the project becomes a reality.

I should say I have no affiliation with Kickstarter or the Continuum project beyond having signed up – I just think it’s a great idea and wanted to spread the word.



2 Responses to “Check this out – Computational Couture”

  1. Haha! I saw that too. Did you see this article by Kathleen Fasanella about it? http://www.fashion-incubator.com/archive/computational-couture-revisited/ She brought up some interesting points about it. Apparently, this kind of thing has been tried before.

  2. Thanks for that interesting info, and thanks for your comment on my blog too!
    I like your Blake 7 top in the previous post. We got that show here in Australia too, and it was one of my favourites. I was slightly in love with Avon during my teenage years, hehe…



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