The Journal of The Textile Institute

Special Issue on

Digital Textile and Fashion Innovation

Call for Papers!

Today’s textile and fashion supply chain is multi-continental and intertwined with diverse elements scattered in all over of the world. The best option, probably the only option, to make it truly transparent, sustainable, and effectively manageable is to digitalise it seamlessly. While industrial and social digitalisation gained pace during the covid-19 pandemic and more and more digital solutions for industry 4.0 applications have started to appear on the market, it is not clear at what speed and depth the digitalisation along the global textile and fashion supply chain is taking place. On the other hand, digital textile and fashion is not just limited to computer-aided design (CAD) and manufacturing (CAM), but rather runs throughout the textile and fashion business, from product life cycle management and developing new business models that promote sustainability to connecting virtual and augmenting reality with fashion to enhance consumers’ experience through smart solutions. It has emerged as a multidisciplinary field of knowledge that attracts overlapping interests from the academics, researchers and professionals coming from fashion design, business, textile technology; computer science, software engineering, animation and gaming, anthropometrics, supply chain management and industry 4.0, big data and artificial intelligence, and industrial sustainability. Realising the

complexity of the issue and building on the global trend of digital innovations, this special issue of the Journal of Textile Instituteaims to publishing research, innovation, creative practice and pedagogy about digitalisation of textile and fashion world to provide a comprehensive picture of the ongoing research and development to the interested readers. The relevant topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

    •  Digital Design and e-Prototyping of Textiles and Fashion
      • Computer-aided Design (CAD) and 3D simulation of fibre, yarn, fabric and garments
      • Digital pattern cutting and marker making.
    •  Digital Textile Solutions
      • Digital colour communication
      • Digital printing
      • Digital dye dispensing and dye lab automation
      • Robotics for product handling and manufacturing
    •  Phygital Apparel and Smart e-Technology
      • Designing apparel with embedded electronics
      • Technology of Smart Electro-Clothing Systems (SeCSs)
      • Applications of SeCSs in Health and Fitness, Sports and Social activities
    •  Digital Human, Metaverse and Fashion Textiles
      • Body scanning, digital anthropometry
      • Virtual avatar, animation and digital twin for fashion
      • Virtual reality (VR), digital fashion mirror and augmented reality (AR) technology
    • Digital Fashion Textile Business and Promotion
      • E-Commerce and social media marketing for textile and fashion business
      • Product life cycle management (PLM)
      • E-tools for supply chain transparency and sustainability
      • Block chain technologies, big data, artificial intelligence for business applications

To prepare their manuscript, authors are asked to closely follow the “Instructions to Authors” of the Journal of Textile Institute. Manuscripts will be referred according to the standards of the journal. Manuscripts should be submitted via the journal’s electronic submission system by 31 June 2024. For further enquiries, please contact the guest editor. All submissions will be subject to the usual peer-review process of the journal and should respect the general publication guidelines of the journal. All submissions should be submitted electronically via the submission portal available at https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/tjti20

Guest Editor:

Dr. Abu Sadat Muhammad Sayem CText FTI, FRSA, FHEA
Project Lead, UKRI AHRC “Digital Fashion Network”, Manchester Metropolitan University, &
Chair, Digital fashion Innovation Conference (DFIC), 2024


3D Design and Illustration Competition and Exhibition

In parallel to Digital Fashion Innovation Conference (DFIC)

02 - 04 July 2024 | Manchester, UK

Call for Entries

The Digital Fashion Network (DFN) is going to host a 3D Design and Illustration Competition and Exhibition for the fashion and textile students. We are inviting undergraduate fashion and/or textile students from around the world to submit entries following the below criteria.

    • Generate a short video of maximum 120 second in any acceptable format with your 3D design/ virtual runway/ virtual exhibition using any industry standard 3D CAD software (see a sample).
    • You can use any external motion file imported into your 3D CAD system.
    • You are allowed to use any video editing or rendering tool to enhance your video quality clip.
    • Complete the submission form, get it signed by your tutor and email it to dfi@mmu.ac.uk with an email subject “DFN 3D Design and Illustration C & E” by 30th May 2024. Do not attach your video clip in the email. You will be emailed back with details about how you will share your video clip with us.

We will accept maximum three entries from any single department or institute of any higher education institution (college or university). So, it is important to get approval from your tutor first before submitting any entry to this competition.


Webinar 4

Blended Learning Models for Supply Chain Upskilling

  • Speaker: Sarah Krasley, CEO & Founder, Shimmy
  • When: UK Time 14:30 – 15:30, Thursday, 4th of April 2024

Short description of the talk

The global fashion industry employs 60 million people worldwide. Their efforts support a supply chain that is fast-paced and cost-sensitive, and their ability to adapt and upskill alongside digital transformation is not just beneficial; it’s essential.

In this talk, Sarah Krasley shared the journey she and her team at Shimmy had been on to integrat tech with traditional training methods to create a blended learning environment tailored for the flexibility and modernity needed in the fashion supply chain in this moment in time.

Industry 4.0 won’t work without data and digital tools, and digitisation efforts on the factory floor are often woefully behind tools for white-collar workers or consumer-facing experiences. Krasley shared the approach her team took to blend human-centred design research, accessible design principles, and deep empathy for production, hiring, and technical trainers to create something fun and empowering for workers (two words not normally associated with industrial technical training).

The webinar covered:

  • Bridging the digital divide: strategies for ensuring equitable access to digital tools and resources for all workers, regardless of their starting skill level or background.
  • The importance of hands-on, practical training and mentorship in reinforcing digital skills and applying them in real-world scenarios.
  • Collaborating with industry partners, educational institutions, and technology providers to create a cohesive ecosystem that supports lifelong learning and career advancement.

Speaker’s Bio

Sarah Krasley is a social impact entrepreneur focused on a fair future of work for fashion supply chain workers. As CEO of Shimmy, Ms. Krasley leads the company in its efforts to upskill and reskill the millions of workers in the supply chain who are in danger of losing their jobs to automation.

Prior to Shimmy, Ms. Krasley lead Sustainable Manufacturing at Autodesk where she and her team created software for hundreds of thousands of designers, engineers, and factory owners worldwide. She serves on boards and working groups for the World Economic Forum, the Urban Manufacturing Alliance, and the Americas Apparel Producers’ Network. Sarah has a BFA from Pratt Institute, an MBA from the University of San Francisco and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


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Webinar 2

The Path to Reliable Virtual Prototyping & Fitting Process

  • Speaker: Flora Zangue, 3D Fashion Specialist at the Hohenstein Digital Fitting Lab
  • When: 14:30 – 15:30 (UK Time), Tuesday 6 February 2024

Short description of the talk

Flora explained the opportunities and risks of using 3D simulations for virtual prototyping and fitting, beginning with the important basics of a 3D simulation process. She showcased the challenges of digital versus real prototypes and discussed the path to creating a digital twin. Participants learned how to maximize the utility of their 3D tools and the necessary steps to achieve a representation that closely resembles a real product, along with understanding any remaining differences.

Flora also shed light on sustainable practices, focusing on how to use 3D tools efficiently and create reliable virtual prototypes that fit accurately.

Speaker’s Bio

Flora Zangue is a 3D Fashion Specialist at the Hohenstein Digital Fitting Lab and is responsible for 2D & 3D product development. During her clothing technology studies at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, she became familiar with the traditional apparel development process. She is a part of the Hohenstein Team for 7 years now since she started in the fit testing and pattern departments.
In her present role, she forms bridge between 2D and 3D pattern development in the Hohenstein Digital Fitting Lab. This is the basis for creating 3D simulations for design, digital product communication and reliable virtual fitting. She is a key user for 3D simulation technology and is constantly passionate about driving this topic forward with training and lectures for customers, companies and universities. She previously worked for a made-to-measure clothing company, which sharpened her sense for well-fitting garments.


Webinar 3

Digital anthropometrics and sizing

  • Speaker: Norsaadah Zakaria – Research Fellow -Taylor’s University, Founder-Sustainable Fashion Technology Business Hub- Universiti Teknologi Mara
  • When: 14:30 – 15:30, Tuesday 19th March 2024

Short description of the talk

Norsaadah Zakaria provided an explanation of anthropometric studies, highlighting the strategic planning involved in conducting the surveys and the importance of gathering anthropometric data. She began by illustrating the process of manual anthropometric surveys and then transitioned to the more contemporary approach of digital 3D body scanning. She explained why the digital method is preferred in modern times. Participants gained an understanding of how digital anthropometrics contribute to creating digital twins’ bodies, enhancing comprehension of the diverse sizes, shapes, and proportions of human bodies. Norsaadah also touched upon the early stages of her research, demonstrating elements of the anthropometric scanning method. She discussed how this method seamlessly integrated with the development of sizing systems, allowing for the exportation of data from the scanning process to the analytic system, which then clustered and calculated the size chart. Furthermore, she emphasised the sustainable significance of digital anthropometric data in sizing system development. This data led to better-fitting clothing, reduced the need for alterations, and minimised waste, thereby promoting the fashion industry.

Speaker’s Bio

Dr. Norsaadah Zakaria is a scholar and research fellow at Taylor’s University in Malaysia, specialising in anthropometric and sizing research for sizing system development. Over the two decades, she pioneered manual anthropometric development. With the availability of new scanning technology in Malaysia, she is now transitioning to digital anthropometric scanning and digital apparel product development.
As a research fellow, Dr. Zakaria collaborates with Ph.D. students, focusing on sustainable adoption in clothing technology research. She also serves as a specialised technical skills trainer for apparel product development, integrating digital technology for enhanced body shape understanding and clothing fit. Dr. Zakaria’s contributions extend beyond academia; she founded Telestia Malaysia Clotech Atelier Academy and the Sustainable Fashion Technology Business Hub. These institutions provide highly skilled training using specialized tools and digital systems, promoting technology-based independent and sustainable learning in the industry.
She is the co-editor of the well-cited book “Anthropometry, Apparel Sizing and Design”, a volume in Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles, Elsevier.