Innovative technology tools such as 3D virtual avatar modules (e.g., Optitex, Lectra, Gerber, and Marvelous Designer) provide new opportunities to enhance the apparel design process. Specifically, the modules allow students to creatively explore and customize body sizes and shapes that reflect their own target consumers. Thus, the purpose of this study is to introduce a teaching method for apparel design studios to integrate 3D virtual avatars into the design process. The presentation includes in-depth explanation on how to integrate 3D virtual avatar module to idea generation stage that have been traditional taught in apparel design studio. The significance of using this technology to customize figures in apparel design studio provides instructors and students with exciting tools to communicate and enhance design outcomes.
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