Japanese designer claims breakthrough for mass made-to-measure clothes

Models present creations by Yuima Nakazato during the 2017-2018 fall/winter Haute Couture collection in Paris on July 5, 2017.
Models present creations by Yuima Nakazato during the 2017-2018 fall/winter Haute Couture collection in Paris on July 5, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Japanese designer Yuima Nakazato claimed on Wednesday that he has cracked a digital technique which could revolutionise fashion with mass made-to-measure clothes.

"We can design every type and shape of garment to be a precise fit to the wearer's figure," he said after showing his digitally created haute couture collection in Paris.

The 31-year-old wunderkind has been working for six months on a new 3D clothes-making technique using traditional materials like cotton, nylon and wool.

He said that in future clothes will be infinitely adaptable "and will grow with you" - easily expandable with the wearer's waistline - and able to incorporate wearable devices.

"We want to create a world where everyone can have tailor-made garments," said Nakazato. He was admitted as a guest member of the elite club of Paris haute couture designers last year.

Tailor-made clothes, particularly haute couture, are out of reach of all but the world's richest people. But Nakazato argued that his technology could bring clothes that fit perfectly within the reach of all.

"I think that in future mass customisation is possible" because his team had removed the major constraint "of using needles and thread".

Nakazato said the nine designs he showed in Paris - which included evening dresses and a version of Dior's classic Bar suit as well as jeans and a leather jacket - were built up with digitally-cut squares of fabric.

Rather than a fitting, the wearer is first scanned before numbered squares of digitally cut fabrics are riveted together to form a perfectly fitting piece.