This paper describes research undertaken at the Nottingham Trent University which investigated body movements and their relationship to garment design. The study identifies the difference between ergonomic measuring positions and the natural postures used by real figures in real activities. A new approach to the identification and coding of upper body postures has been made. A body coding system and a simple piece of equipment was designed that enables extended natural body positions to be recorded, thus achieving repeatability. This work enabled comparisons of aesthetic appearance and the functional comfort of women's tailored jackets to be examined.
Aldrich, W., Smith, B. and Dong, F. (1998), "Obtaining repeatability of natural extended upper body positions: Its use in comparisons of the functional comfort of garments", Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, Vol. 2 No. 4, pp. 329-351. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb022538
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