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Adaptive Apparel Design

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Ellen McKinney, University of Alabama

Rachel Eike, Iowa State University

Copyright Year: 2023

Publisher: Iowa State University Digital Press

Language: English

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction: A Guide for Adaptive Apparel Design and Soft Goods Product Developers
  • Chapter 1. The Adaptive Apparel Designer’s Guide to Research
  • Chapter 2. The Adaptive Apparel Designer’s Guide to Sketching
  • Chapter 3. The Adaptive Apparel Designer’s Guide to Creating a Sample Notebook
  • Chapter 4. The Adaptive Apparel Designer’s Guide to Creating a Mood or Inspiration Board
  • Chapter 5. The Adaptive Apparel Designer’s Guide to Patternwork
  • Chapter 6. The Adaptive Apparel Designer’s Guide to Creating a First Sample
  • Chapter 7. The Adaptive Apparel Designer’s Guide to Creating the Completed Ensemble
  • About the Authors
  • Review Statement

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  • About the Book

    This instructional text and designer resources have been prepared to support those learning about adaptive apparel design. The text is easy for students, scholars, and designers to use, and is organized around the apparel design process: research, sketching, developing a sample notebook, mood or inspiration board, pattern work, first sample, and the completed ensemble. Users can read from beginning to end or jump into resources related to their current phase of design.

    About the Contributors


    Dr. Ellen McKinney is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design at the University of Alabama. Her research centers on designing better worn products for human users. Expertise areas include apparel design and product development, patternmaking, 3D scanning, functional design for targeted users, creative design process, wearable technology, and adaptive apparel design.

    Dr. Rachel Eike is an assistant professor in the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management at Iowa State University. Her research centers on human factors regarding creative and functional apparel, while considering environmental impacts of design decisionmaking practices to promote sustainability. Dr. Eike conducts designbased research to help improve people’s lives through the functionality of their clothing and products. 

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