“High Fashion in Equations” by University of Geneva

  • ©Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann  University of Geneva


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    High Fashion in Equations


Company / Institution / Agency:

  • University of Geneva


    In “High Fashion in Equations,” MIRALab–University of Geneva brought to virtual life 18 haute couture garments from original fashion drawings by several 1960s designers, including Marc Bohan, Serge Guérin, and Hubert de Given-chy, former assistants of the Swiss couturier Robert Piguet.

    Because it exists only in two dimensions, a sketch leaves a lot of room for individual interpretation of the garment in three dimensions. The final aesthetic of the output requires a balancing act between artificiality (toward the sketch) and realism (toward the real 3D garment).

    The main software tool used in this research project was our proprietary program, which contains the following main features:

    • Accurate modeling of the mechanical properties of cloth, obtained through experimental strain-stress curves measured from tensile tests, fitted with polynomial splines.

    • An accurate particle system that represents the nonlinear, anisotropic, viscoelastic properties of cloth materials.

    • A fast linear bending model, allowing robust simulation of the elastic bending stiffness of cloth.

    • An efficient numerical-integration system, based on Implicit Euler for draping and BDF-2 for animation.

    • Powerful collision response, which can simulate multilayer cloth with stability and robustness, complemented with an intersection recovery system for addressing the possible remaining problems.


    VICON motion capture system


    MIRALab Research Cloth Software, 3ds Max, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere

Additional Contributors:

    Director: Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann

    CG Artists: Christiane Luible, Nedjma Cadi-Yazli, Marlène Arevalo-Poizat, Anouk Porrot, Mathilde Tourenc, Yacine Benmansour

    Cloth Software: Pascal Volino

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