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Title: Functional clothing— Principles of fit
Authors: Boorady, Lynn M
Keywords: Anthropometrics;Field testing;Functional apparel;Functional ease;Motion analysis
Issue Date: Dec-2011
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: This paper focuses on the aspects of fit in functional apparel. Fit typically refers to the appearance and comfort of a garment but this alone is insufficient for functional garments. Hence, a third requirement ‘functional ease’ has been introduced which refers to the need of the functional garment to be able to adapt to the movement of the individual while maintaining its purpose. Functional apparel can be as simple as the use of a special fabric in athletic gear to a complicated enclosed environment which must incorporate a life support system. Lab and field analysis of movement is recommended during the design process and once the prototypes are developed. Visual cues to proper fit are discussed. The options of adding flexibility and elasticity to the functional garment are given with suggestions on how to obtain variability in fit and enhance function of the garment. The fit of functional garments is considered successful when the needs of the wearer are balanced with the required functionality of the garment.
Page(s): 344-347
ISSN: 0975-1025 (Online); 0971-0426 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJFTR Vol.36(4) [December 2011]

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