Fashion Designer Mathilde Rougier Using AI and AR to Eliminate Fashion Textile Waste #WearableWednesday

For her final project at Central Saint Martins, Mathilde Rougier created new garments from previous garments she had designed. In order to optimize the re-use of fabrics, Mathilde took an innovative approach, using AI and AR to eliminate waste. Here’s more from Mathilde via TechStyler:

It didn’t actually come from an aesthetic inspiration, more a problem-solving approach. My approach was technical: I wanted to address the issue of sustainability. I used different tech systems (whether that’s pixelation, convolutional neural network, etc.) to solve problems to do with sustainability.

I used a convolutional neural network (AI), Spark AR and Blender (3D animation software). I learnt how to 3D model during the project, so it took some time before I was comfortable. It was a challenge to try and get the AR right and plane-track* the clothes. The thing with 3D design is that you need to make sure the design looks good from different angles. This means blocking out the body and using occluders** to make sure that patterns on the back didn’t show up from the front and vice versa. It took a lot of adjustment to make sure it worked.

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