Digital fashion has emerged as a multidisciplinary field of knowledge that attracts overlapping interests from academics, researchers and professionals coming from fashion design, business and technology; computer science, software engineering, animation and gaming, anthropometrics, supply chain management and industry 4.0, big data and artificial intelligence, and industrial sustainability.

DFIC is a platform for universal information exchange, networking, dissemination of research, innovation, creative practice and pedagogy surrounding digitalised fashion world as well for the generation of new ideas and collaborations. The event will include presentations from industry, research papers, forums, research paper competition, poster exhibition and 3D design and illustration competition and exhibition.

Call for Papers and Presentations

Abstracts are welcome from both industry and academia. Researchers, academics, industry experts, professionals and students are invited to send abstracts relating to research and innovation following the abstract submission guideline. 

Figure 1: Major themes in digital fashion innovation (Sayem et al, 2023)


  1. Digital Fashion Design and e-Prototyping
  • 2D computer-aided design (CAD):  Illustration, Pattern cutting, Marker making
  • 3D CAD: virtual simulation & fit Analysis
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Design & Prototyping
  1. Digital Fashion Business and Promotion
  • E-Commerce for Fashion Business
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Product Life Cycle Management (PLM)
  • E-tools for Supply Chain, Sustainability and Transparency
  • Blockchain technologies
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Artificial Intelligence for business applications
  1. Digital Human and Metaverse 
  • 3D body scanning, virtual avatar, animation for fashion
  • Virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and metaverse
  1. Phygital Apparel & Smart Wearable Technology
  • Designing apparel with embedded electronics 
  • Smart electro-clothing systems (SeCSs)

Important Dates:

Abstract submission: 30 January 2024

Abstract acceptance sent to authors: 15 February 2024

Once the abstract has been accepted

Short paper (academic) and presentation submission: 30 May 2024.

Conference programme will be available here in June 2024

Conference programme will be available here in June 2024

Conference programme will be available here in June 2024


All accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings and published online in PDF format through the project website.

Shortlisted speakers of DFIC will be invited to submit a full paper to the “Digital Fashion and Textile Innovations” special issue of the Journal of Textile Institute (Taylor & Francis) and to contribute with a chapter in volume two of the book series “Digital Fashion Innovations – Advances in Design, Simulation, and Industry” from the Textile Institute Professional Publications (CRC Press).

Registration Fee

The registration fee of the accepted speakers and poster exhibitors will be fully waived and subsidised by the contribution from AHRC, UKRI grant.

The Digital Fashion Innovation Conference (DFIC) 2024 is based on our All Saints Campus, with some elements taking place in nearby buildings.

Our campus is based in the heart of Manchester, just 5 minutes’ walk away from Oxford Road Station and 15 minutes’ walk away from Manchester Piccadilly Station.

We are a short walk away from the city’s world-renowned music and cultural venues. You will also find centres of sporting excellence surrounding us such as the Manchester Aquatics Centre, National Football Museum, National Basketball Performance Centre, the Etihad Stadium, the National Cycling Centre and much more.

For more information, view our travel advice.

Manchester is a busy city with many offerings of hotels to suit visitors on a range of budgets.

Close to campus, you will also find a number of hotels such as the Maldron Hotel Manchester City Centre, the Holiday Inn Express Oxford Road, Pendulum Hotel, the Travelodge Manchester City, the Premier Inn Manchester City Centre, the Novotel Manchester Centre, the Ibis Manchester Centre, and the Hyatt Regency Manchester.

If you’re looking to unwind around the conference, we are located 2 minutes’ walk from the Sugden Sports Centre where you will find a gym, sports courts and a timetable of classes available. You can also find the newly renovated Manchester Aquatics Centre nearby on Oxford Road which houses a 50m pool and diving pool, as well as a multiple gym rooms and studios.

Day passes are available for both of these Centres.

Our campus is also convenient for accessing the city’s major shopping areas of the Arndale where you can find many large brand stores, and the Northern Quarter which is home to many independent outlets.

You will find a variety of bars and restaurants on Oxford Road ranging from fast food favourites to relaxed cafes, and you’re only a short walk away from the busy Deansgate Road area and hotspots for culture of the Northern Quarter and New Islington.

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