Analysis of body measurement systems for apparel

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Many methods have been developed to measure the body in an effort to capture its dimensions for clothing. Measuring the human body has been important in developing garments to fit the body, and systems have reflected technology, needs of the consumer, and focus of the apparel industry. The U. S. apparel industry has developed many techniques to measure the body, including custom-fitted to the individual, mass-sized and produced, and now, mass-customized. This paper reviews and evaluates historic and current methods of capturing body measurements, which are presented as linear methods, multiple probe methods, and body form methods, that use one or more of the following elements: point, length, surface, shape, and volume.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-79
Number of pages14
JournalClothing and Textiles Research Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2006

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  • Anthropometry
  • Body measurement
  • Body scan
  • Fit
  • Size

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