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Digital clothing manufacture: digital innovation and co-design changing the clothing industry

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Publication date2012
Host publicationDesign Frontiers - territories, concepts, technologies: ICDHS 2012 - 8th Conference of the International Committee for Design History & Design Studies.
EditorsPriscila Farias, Anna Calvera, Marcos Braga, Zuleica Schincariol
Place of publicationSão Paulo
PublisherBlucher Publishing House
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9788521206927
Original languageEnglish


This research uses case studies to describe and explore how the confluence of digital innovation and co-design is enabling new models for the clothing industry. It shows how interfaces for mass customization are being used to give consumers some participation in product development, however mass production methods still limit that. Nevertheless, digital innovation in production and social network used to support and inform amateur makers suggest ways that barriers might be overcome.