An exploratory study of bust measurements during running using 4D scanning technology

Jie Pei, Linsey Griffin, Susan P. Ashdown, Jintu Fan, Bethany Juhnke, Christopher Curry

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Abstract

Physical activity can lead to the displacement of the female breasts causing psychological and physical discomfort or even breast pain. It is suggested for all exercising females to protect the breasts with additional support and restriction against displacement. The purpose of this research was to introduce the use of 4D scanning technology to understand breast shape in motion. Twenty-six female participants who identified themselves as wearing Missy Size 18 were recruited for scanning. Three most common bust measurements were tracked in dynamic states and compared with the static state. The results of this study can benefit product development of female wearable products that require a high degree of fit and mobility at the upper torso. In addition, a protocol to handle and analyse 4D data for application in product design was developed to inform future research. The promises and challenges of the 4D body scanning technology were also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)302-313
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 19 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank Emily Seifert and Karolina Doran for their help in participant recruitment and data collection. The authors would also like to thank Isabel Atkinson for her help in developing Figure 1.

Publisher Copyright:
© The Textile Institute and Informa UK Ltd 2021.

Keywords

  • 4D body scanning
  • Missy Size 18
  • breast shape
  • plus-size
  • running-in-place

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