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Outfits and Infits: Accessing the Full Experience of Clothing Style for Design Research

Fiona Jane Candy , John McAleavy

This paper introduces the research of a multidisciplinary group of designers with backgrounds in illustration, animation, fashion, games, photography and media production whose commonality lies in the observation of people. They all translate human physical characteristics such as stance, posture, gait, mannerism, gesture and dress using a variety of media as important empathic sensibilities within their respective professions.

The group is pooling their experience in a project that uses kinematic analysis and digital media to capture aspects of human emotion that are expressed through personal appearance, particularly in relation to clothing style and the role that it plays in the animation of the body and in self-presentation. One of the project's aims is to develop interactive visual tools, which will help designers learn more of the interwoven sociality of people and their clothing. The authors supply an explanation of context, provide examples of the first of such visual tools and indicate potential applications.


affect, body, Clothing, design, Haptics, kinesics, personal, sociality, somatics, style, tools