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Presentations about Seamly2D and Open Fashion[edit | edit source]

This section links to videos of presentations which promote Valentina and the open fashion movement.

  • Wearing the Future series, "Fashion and Wearable Tech", Georgia Tech and Museum of Design Atlanta
    Wearing the Future series, "Fashion and Wearable Tech", Georgia Tech and Museum of Design Atlanta

Fashion and Wearable Tech, Wearing the Future Series #5, Georgia Institute of Technology and Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), Atlanta, September 2016 with Clint Zeagler (moderator), Lucy Dunne, Kevin Knaus, Susan Spencer

"Fashion in terms of apparel and branded items are obviously the most commercial wearable products. Anything a person puts on their body has to do more than function; it also has to conform to their personal and societal representation of themselves. The fashion industry and technology industry work on different timetables and have different trending mechanisms. The people that work in these industries use different terminology, and have very different training and interests. When and how will we see true technology integration in fashion, in clothing, in textiles? Will we see tech couture by major fashion houses?" - from

  • Susan Spencer, Call for Open Source Fashion Design Tools, Libre Graphics Meeting, Brussels, 2010
    Susan Spencer, Call for Open Source Fashion Design Tools, Libre Graphics Meeting, Brussels, 2010

Call for Open Source Fashion Design, Libre Graphics Meeting, Brussels, April 2010 with Susan Spencer

This presentation invited developers to help create a suite of open source software to create and modify clothing patterns in open data formats to match an individual’s body measurement and generate customized patterns as printable files. Current industry applications are proprietary, do not inter-operate, and are expensive. An open source solution enables individual and small label designers to create and provide custom sized patterns without purchasing high-cost proprietary software.

On-demand made-to-measure ethical sustainable profitable small batch manufacturing[edit | edit source]

The goal of creating open source fashion tools is to enable a scalable, profitable workflow for on-demand made-to-measure clothing using ethical and sustainable practices.
These tools enable complex and creative 21st clothing designs to be produced in the most profitable, ethical, and least wasteful manner possible.

The interconnectedness of it all[edit | edit source]

The proposed suite of inter-operable customizable open source tools will connect body scans to patterns to cutting tables, 3D printers, and knitting machines.
This workflow will be expanded into 3D/VR/AR design environments.
Changes made in 3D/VR/AR will be directly connected back to the pattern. Embroidery and circuitry will be incorporated directly into the designs, not as an afterthought.

Sustainable, ethical, profitable[edit | edit source]

Clothing designs and finished garments can be:

  • Provided by any designer in any location
  • Pre-purchased by any customer providing measurements
  • Manufactured close to the customer

Less money is spent on marketing and shipping, more is invested in materials and labor.
The customer receives a custom-fit ethically-made high-quality product at an affordable price.

On-demand made-to-measure small batch manufacturing supports increased profitable production in these markets:

  1. Fashion Tech
    1. New tech fabrics
    2. Wearable electronics
  2. Eco Fashion
    1. Organic and sustainable "eco" fabrics
  3. Slow Fashion
    1. Long-lasting garments
  4. Ethical Fashion
    1. Certified non-sweatshop local garment districts
    2. Blockchain source reports

Summary: By following the on-demand production model of the open-source-driven 3D printing industry, and by providing an interconnected digital and physical suite of open source tools,

  • Profits and creativity can be increased
  • Millenials' demand for sustainable and ethical products is met
  • Small to medium sized textile mills can be revived
  • Local garment districts can return