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Optical illusion garments have been popular for as long as people have tried to use clothing to enhance appearances, from A-line dresses that accentuate the waist to striped trousers that visually elongate an individual's stride. However, knowing what outfit is right for one's body can be challenging. New research from the University of Missouri reveals the future of fashion could lie in the use of digital avatars, which allow individuals to virtually try on clothing, revealing how effectively clothing might mask perceived flaws and draw attention to certain body parts.
The study was led by Jessica Ridgway, a former MU doctoral student, now assistant professor at Florida State University, and Jean Parsons, professor of textile and apparel management in the MU College of Human Environmental Science.
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Ridgway and Parsons said they were interested in understanding women's perceptions of optical illusion dresses and whether their opinions of the dresses would be impacted by their body shapes. For the study, the researchers created unique avatars for each participant based on a 3-D body scan using TC2 Body Scanners. The women then were shown seven different optical illusion dresses fitted to their unique avatars and asked to evaluate each option.
Overall, those who had an hourglass shape were least likely to find optical illusion dresses appealing. Women with a rectangle shape were most likely to appreciate the optical illusion garments.
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However, the majority of women in the study could not correctly identify their shape as hourglass, rectangle or spoon. For example, none of participants identified themselves as having a spoon shape—also called a pear shape—though researchers categorized...
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