3D computer modelling to help design sexier lingerie

March 14th, 2009 - 11:43 am ICT by IANS  

Tokyo, March 14 (IANS) Researchers are building a computerised 3D model of the female body to enable designers make more sensuous, comfortable and better fitting lingerie.
Identifying body shape components is critical for designing close-fitting clothes, especially lingerie, according to Kensuke Nakamura of Kyoto Institute of Technology and Takao Kurokawa of Osaka University.

However, conventional body measurements, photographic images, and silhouette do not provide complete 3-D data with which modern designers could work to improve their products and tailor specific ranges to particular body shapes.

Nakamura and Kurokawa have developed a technique that allows them to extract body shape components from 3D data and then tie this to a classification of shapes.

The team took a close look at the bodies of 560 Japanese women aged between 19 and 63 years using laser metrology to map “control points” at specific sites on the women’s bodies.

They could then fit this data to a generic 3D model in the computer and fit the control points to it to build up a database of body shapes.

They then applied statistical analysis to the data to classify body characteristics into five different types. Each depends on slimness or otherwise, breast size and angle, neck type and shoulder slope.

They obtained five classes of body shapes which they say represent the majority among Japanese women, said a Kyoto University release.

The researchers said their analysis will be helpful in producing better fit for size and shape, and in improving functional clothes used for body adjustment and posture improvement.

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