The Exploration of Modular Systems for Textile and Apparel Design
Modular Design | Research through Practice | Design Process | Design Research | Transformable Design
The aim of this design research is to explore modular shapes and interlocking systems for apparel design using research through practice approach. As a transformable design approach, modular
design features small standardized units that can be independently combined in various configurations to create different forms and provide multiple functions. However, there has been little hands on
integration of methods for developing more fitted garment designs and incorporating visually appealing surfaces, such as prints, within a modular system. By adopting Bye’s description of a research through practice approach, the researchers for this study aimed to explore modular textile systems that would result in more fitted garments and aesthetically appealing surfaces. Through documenting and analyzing a range of data from the design process and outcome of four experimental designs, this study resulted in the development of advanced research through a Focused Knowledge Design Practice framework.
Chen, C., & Lapolla, K. (2020). The exploration of modular systems for textile and apparel design. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal. 39(1), 39-54. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0887302X20937061