Susan Ashdown, emerita professor in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell does research at the intersection of apparel design and technology.
The garment industry has started using advanced body scanners that create a 3D representation of the body. This technology can help people finding clothes off the rack that will fit their body shape and can even be used to make custom clothing created for a person’s precise measurements.
Adapting the two-dimensional craft of sewing and clothing design to 3D technology is more complicated than your might expect, so right now bespoke clothing is too expensive for the average consumer. But in the future it may help us to maintain a better wardrobe while simultaneously reducing clothing waste.
Main interview guest: Susan Ashdown | Interviewer: Patricia Waldron | News: Mark Sarvary | Calendar: Luisa Torres | Episode Producer: Liz Mahood