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Augmented Fashion—Sustainable Fashion and Textiles through Digital Technologies

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 January 2023) | Viewed by 16179

Special Issue Editors

School of Computing, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen AB10 7QB, UK
Interests: computer vision; 3D visualization; AI; supervised and unsupervised machine learning
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals
Shanghai International Innovation Center, Donghua University, Shanghai, China
Interests: fashion design; human-centered design; smart textiles
School of Computing, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen AB10 7QB, UK
Interests: computer graphics; immersive technology; HCI
School of Creative and Cultural Business, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen AB10 7QE, UK
Interests: fashion business and management; immersive and digital fashion; fashion and textile sustainability and circular economy; fashion; wellbeing and comfort; fashion folklore and storytelling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The scope of this Special Issue, Augmented Fashion—Sustainable Fashion and Textiles through Digital Technologies, includes all aspects of digitally enhanced or produced fashion and textiles with a sustainability focus, including 3D modelling, digital printing, augmented reality try-on experiences, virtual reality avatars, experiences and events, digital fashion, gaming and fashion in the metaverse. The purpose of the proposed Special Issue is to bring together, for the first time, the new and varied developments in this emerging and fast-paced field, with a unique cross-disciplinary lens that brings together the fashion/textile and computing science disciplines.

In recent history, fast (and effectively disposable) fashion has seen clothing reduced to mere transient items, worn for a short period of time then discarded. Fast fashion drives consumer demand for newness, using resources that are finite and potentially damaging to the environment, and creates excessive and unnecessary landfill waste. In recent times, the pressure to move towards a more sustainable fashion and textile industry has grown, with the UK government’s Environmental Audit Committee publishing a damning report on fashion and sustainability (EAC 2019). Similarly, research published on the Chinese textile industry suggests that greener and more sustainable technologies are key to development strategies (Jiang and Yu 2019). Given the scale of the fashion and textile industry and at a time when sustainability is high on the global agenda, the findings from Augmented Fashion research project, associated ICAF conference and this proposed Special Issue will be important in helping to deliver UN Development Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Goldman Sachs’ estimate that virtual and augmented reality technologies will be worth more than £65 billion by 2025 (Pithers 2019) heralds the potential impact of seeking synergies between fashion and immersive technologies. The focus of this proposed Special Issue is to explore opportunities to use innovative immersive technologies to educate and shape an alternative and sustainable future for the design, production and use of traditional fashion and textile products. An initial scoping exercise (completed during the AHRC-funded ‘From Augmented to Authentic’ networking grant REF 184025) revealed that at various market levels fashion brands are using augmented reality to create virtual changing rooms for ‘try-it-on’ experiences. Within luxury fashion brands, immersive technologies are being used to enhance the high-culture credentials of those brands through brand–artist collaborations and immersive consumer experiences. However, there was no evidence of fashion and textile brands using immersive technologies to convey provenance, craftsmanship or heritage, suggesting a missed opportunity in using human–computer interactions to communicate culture and place, and in re-humanizing the making of clothing products in the minds of contemporary consumers (Cross, Steed and Jiang 2021). Technological innovations such as the Microsoft HoloLens enable the hybrid merging of real and virtual worlds to produce visualizations where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real-time. Gamification using VR and AR can increase entertainment and motivational factors. Intangible characteristics such as heritage and values can be integrated into 3D models, with the potential to engage multiple audiences across cultures. Three-dimensional modelling and digital fashion provide a means of communicating and consuming fashion that is less resource-intensive than traditional production processes.

Prof. Dr. Eyad Elyan
Prof. Dr. Rong Zheng
Dr. Yang Jiang
Dr. Karen Cross
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • sustainability and immersive technologies
  • augmented reality
  • virtual reality and extended reality in fashion and textiles
  • slow fashion and digital technologies
  • artificial intelligence in fashion and textiles
  • fashion, textiles and HCI

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Autobiographical Design for Emotional Durability through Digital Transformable Fashion and Textiles
Sustainability 2023, 15(5), 4451; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15054451 - 02 Mar 2023
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To promote a resilient user-product relationship for sustainable fashion, design methods for emotional durability are required. Digitally transformable fashion design can be seen as a practical approach that enables dynamic, sensory, experiential, and emotional interaction. Literature shows that features of transformable fashion and [...] Read more.
To promote a resilient user-product relationship for sustainable fashion, design methods for emotional durability are required. Digitally transformable fashion design can be seen as a practical approach that enables dynamic, sensory, experiential, and emotional interaction. Literature shows that features of transformable fashion and textiles, such as versatility, perceived quality, biomorphic forms, and aesthetics, can induce emotional durability in users. However, mainstream works are conducted from function-oriented and technology-led perspectives, neglecting the significance of fashion design as a creative and affective role. To fill the gap, we present exhaustive accounts of two autobiographical design projects as case studies: Pneum-Muscle, a body-worn pneumatic wearable, and E-coral, an artistic interactive textile installation. We utilised the first-person soma design method to facilitate the iterative design and unfold the emotional connection between the user and the materials. We contribute technology-embedded fashion design strategies to inspire novice fashion designers, which involve dynamic draping, ambiguous cutting, and sewing technique-based pneumatic systems. Design guidelines generated can shed new light on the artistic use of technologies, somatic design, and the emotionally durable design approach. Full article
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Augmenting Sustainable Fashion on Instagram
Sustainability 2023, 15(4), 3609; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15043609 - 15 Feb 2023
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Media discourse surrounding fashion and sustainability tends to be negative, emphasising the problems that exist across the various stages of the lifecycle of a garment. Although consumers are increasingly aware of at least some of the issues surrounding fashion and the environment, research [...] Read more.
Media discourse surrounding fashion and sustainability tends to be negative, emphasising the problems that exist across the various stages of the lifecycle of a garment. Although consumers are increasingly aware of at least some of the issues surrounding fashion and the environment, research suggests that the scale and complexity of the problem causes them to feel detached and uncertain about how to adapt their own behaviour in response. This research positions Instagram as a digital media platform through which sustainable fashion is communicated and experienced through augmented fashion content. Instagram is recognised for its significant impact on visual culture, particularly within aesthetic sectors such as fashion. Recent research reveals that users have begun engaging in more serious subjects and debates on Instagram, including political, social, and environmental issues. This has brought about opportunities for new voices who are championing sustainable fashion in its variety of manifestations. An open qualitative analysis was carried out using the hashtag #SustainableFashion to uncover themes relating to the types of content, stakeholders, and mechanisms that are being used to augment sustainable fashion on Instagram. The findings reveal a positive community of content creators—including vintage enthusiasts, designers, makers and brands—who are using the hashtag regularly to share proactive content in the form of specific, targeted messages around sustainable fashion solutions. The aim was to uncover the discussions that are taking place right now and provide grounding for future work in this area. Full article
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Development of Sustainable Creative Three-Dimensional Virtual Woven Textiles Using Clothing Waste
Sustainability 2023, 15(3), 2263; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15032263 - 26 Jan 2023
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The purpose of this study was to design weaving methods for the aesthetic and practical recycling of various types of clothing waste, making creative woven textiles and three-dimensional virtual textiles based on them. This study is a follow-up study on the production of [...] Read more.
The purpose of this study was to design weaving methods for the aesthetic and practical recycling of various types of clothing waste, making creative woven textiles and three-dimensional virtual textiles based on them. This study is a follow-up study on the production of upcycling fabric using clothing waste and was conducted to overcome the limitations of the preceding study. Before conducting this study, a preliminary survey was conducted on the perception of clothing waste recycling among weaving participants. The investigation found that the necessity of recycling clothing waste was recognized, but methods for doing so were not known. The demand for easy and diverse recycling methods that can aesthetically improve clothing waste has been identified. In this study, seven weaving methods based on plain weaving were designed. The weaving method was based on the plain weaving method, and warp, weft, and matt weaving were divided into regular or irregular weaving. Warp yarn was used to improve the durability of the textile, and weft yarn was utilized to increase the use of clothing waste and maintain the aesthetic effects of the original materials. The twenty people who participated in the preliminary survey performed creative textile production using clothing waste and evaluated materials and weaving methods. Creative textiles using clothing waste were created as 3D virtual textiles by the author. A group of experts evaluated the novelty and appropriateness of the creative textiles and 3D virtual textiles and participated in a focus group interview. As a result of this study, 140 creative textiles and 3D virtual textiles were produced based on the developed methods. According to the evaluation of the materials and design methods, the preparation of the material was easy, the suitability of the material was high, and the difficulty of the weaving method was low. The difficulty of each weaving type was the lowest for the plain and matt regular method, and the highest for the weft irregular method. The irregular type was highly evaluated in the novelty category, and the regular type was highly evaluated in the appropriateness category. In the focus group interviews, experts positively evaluated the usefulness of the material, the appropriateness of the design methods, the novelty of the woven textile, and the appropriateness of the material for 3D virtual clothing. Full article
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Design and Research of Automatic Garment-Pattern-Generation System Based on Parameterized Design
Sustainability 2023, 15(2), 1268; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15021268 - 09 Jan 2023
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Personalization in the apparel industry shows importance and the potential for demand, but the existing personalization has unreasonable time cost, labor cost, and resource waste. To solve the problems of the waste of resources as well as both time and labor cost caused [...] Read more.
Personalization in the apparel industry shows importance and the potential for demand, but the existing personalization has unreasonable time cost, labor cost, and resource waste. To solve the problems of the waste of resources as well as both time and labor cost caused by manual pattern making in clothing personalization, a method of automatic garment pattern generation based on a parametric formula and the Python language was proposed. Based on the classification of common curves in patterns, three curve fitting algorithms based on different parameters were derived and combined with the Python language to achieve personalized generation of different patterns by classifying the parameters in the system into key parameters, secondary parameters, and variable parameters. Three different methods for verifying the accuracy of the garment patterns were proposed based on curve fitting similarity and three-dimensional virtual modeling, and the accuracy of the proposed system was verified. The results show that the accuracy and comfort of the patterns generated via the system were high. Meanwhile, the Python-language-based system fits well with the production system of enterprises, which can improve the rapid response capability of garment personalization, greatly save the time cost and labor cost of enterprises, reduce resource loss, and contribute to the sustainable development of the garment industry. Full article
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Current Situation and Construction of Recycling System in China for Post-Consumer Textile Waste
Sustainability 2022, 14(24), 16635; https://doi.org/10.3390/su142416635 - 12 Dec 2022
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Waste recycling is an effective way to improve waste management, which is closely related to the support of social and economic foundations. With the development of a circular economy, green consumption is imperative. Most of the environmental protection brand enterprises are now almost [...] Read more.
Waste recycling is an effective way to improve waste management, which is closely related to the support of social and economic foundations. With the development of a circular economy, green consumption is imperative. Most of the environmental protection brand enterprises are now almost limited to the environmental protection of clothing raw materials. However, there are still many problems in the overall industrial chain of the clothing industry, such as the pollution in the processes of processing, transportation and laundry, and the waste of resources caused by a large amount of textile waste after consumption. Starting from the theme of environmental protection and sustainable development of the clothing industry, this paper discusses the necessity of building a recycling system for post-consumer textile waste. Through the investigation of the recycling and reuse of domestic post-consumer textile waste, the existing problems are analyzed, such as the recycling supervision mechanism’s imperfections, the trust crisis and a lack of recycling channels. Combined with the successful cases abroad, some solutions and suggestions are put forward for the regeneration and reuse of post-consumer textile waste, and a preliminary conception of the charitable market system is made. Full article
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Advertising Innovative Sustainable Fashion: Informational, Transformational, or Sustainability Appeal?
Sustainability 2022, 14(23), 16148; https://doi.org/10.3390/su142316148 - 02 Dec 2022
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We aimed to understand how to promote innovative technology in the sustainable fashion market. The case study was the advertisement of a feminine bag with a chain coated using a new technology. We invited 550 women to read an Instagram post. In the [...] Read more.
We aimed to understand how to promote innovative technology in the sustainable fashion market. The case study was the advertisement of a feminine bag with a chain coated using a new technology. We invited 550 women to read an Instagram post. In the control condition, the post only described the new technology. In the informational condition, the post emphasized the resistance and durability of the bag. In the transformational condition, the post emphasized the innovativeness and exclusivity of the bag. In the sustainability condition, the post emphasized the low environmental impact of its production. Results showed that the sustainability advertisement was the most persuasive in terms of consumers’ involvement, systematic processing, and intention to buy the bag. In addition, reference to the functional benefits was an effective strategy to promote purchasing intention when consumers were interested in novelty and high quality, and when engaged in shopping for fun and enjoyment. Full article
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