Testing a model for wearable product materials research

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The purpose of this paper is to propose a method for materials research for wearable products. The Wearable Product Materials Research (WPMR) model is based on a continuing review of literature and current design practices, including projects from apparel design studio courses. The model includes five steps that guide the designer to consider material choices based on wearers physical and perceptual needs. The development of two functional apparel products, a nursing bra and a commercial cooling vest, is presented to illustrate the application of the model as part of the design process. The WPMR model is valuable in selecting appropriate materials for prototyping as part of the design process. Further work will include application in an industry setting, as well as investigation into how the WPMR model could be useful in other areas of design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-150
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 4 2015


  • apparel
  • design process
  • materials research
  • product development


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