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A web-based design support system for fashion technical sketches

Jie Xu (Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong.)
P.Y. Mok (Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong.)
C.W.M. Yuen (Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong.)
R.W.Y. Yee (Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong.)

International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology

ISSN: 0955-6222

Article publication date: 7 March 2016

Abstract

Purpose

To better respond to today’s volatile and changing fashion market, the purpose of this paper is to develop a web-based design support system that enables users to design realistic and interesting skirts in the form of technical sketches over the internet.

Design/methodology/approach

The proposed system mainly consists of a sketch representation and composing method (SRCM), a graphic user interface (GUI) and a controller. The SRCM is implemented at the server end that generates technical sketches according to user defined parameters and features via the web-based GUI at the client side. The controller manages the workflows between the server and the clients.

Findings

To evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed system, a survey was conducted by inviting 30 subjects (professional designers or undergraduate students studying fashion design) to have trial run of the system in Hong Kong and in the USA. Positive comments and feedbacks were received, and valuable suggestions were also obtained in regard to the prototype system.

Originality/value

Compared with traditional computer-aided design (CAD) systems, the proposed system is more effective and easier to operate as users can create technical sketches in accurate proportions with simple computer operations in a few mouse clicks. Besides, the output sketches are fully compatible with most commercial CAD software. The system is developed based on web technologies, thus fashion sketches can be easily designed using any computer connected to the internet; it can be implemented on Android or iOS platform in the future.

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Acknowledgements

The work described in this paper was financially supported by a project (Project code: RT7B) of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. It was also partially supported by a grant from the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (Project No. PolyU 5218/13E).

Citation

Xu, J., Mok, P.Y., Yuen, C.W.M. and Yee, R.W.Y. (2016), "A web-based design support system for fashion technical sketches", International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, Vol. 28 No. 1, pp. 130-160. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCST-03-2015-0042

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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