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The Virtual Fashion Archive is a collection of archival garments brought to life in new digital dimensions.

The Virtual Fashion Archive is an online space bringing culturally significant fashion garments beyond the constraints of their physical form, and into the added dimensions of motion, interaction, and participation.

The ambition is to create a place where a wide audience from around the world can discover and appreciate these garments not only in the way they were intended—being worn and in motion—but also examine and contextualize them in new spectacular ways.

A New Dimension for Archival Fashion

There are countless rare and significant fashion garments housed in museums and private collections around the world. These important works are seldom on display, and when they are, they’re mostly restricted to being seen static and from behind glass.

Thierry Mugler Jacket, 1988

The Inaugural Collection

The initial series of virtualized garments has been curated together with The Museum at FIT and features four garments from pioneering designers including Issey Miyake, Thierry Mugler, and Claire McCardell. This selection has been chosen for its range of innovative construction techniques and variety of materials that provide a fascinating (and challenging) case study for virtualization.

Issey Miyake Pleats Please Dress, 1996

The Virtualization Process

Creators have developed a process — including documenting, reconstructing the garments digitally, and simulating the fabric dynamics — that enables the garments to be seen in motion and engaged with in ways that haven’t been possible until now.

Issey Miyake Suit; Jacket, Skirt c.1989

This Is Just The Beginning

As we move into this future where virtualization takes archival fashion beyond its physical form, the ongoing mission is to continue to virtualize significant fashion garments while further enhancing the fidelity, accuracy, and interactive potential of the process.

Here🔗 you can read more about the Virtual Fashion Archive by Andrew Kupresanin and Belinda Chen founders of Super Bureau and Superficial.

The Virtual Fashion Archive
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The Virtual Fashion Archive is an online space bringing culturally significant fashion garments beyond the constraints of their physical form, and into the added dimensions of motion, interaction, and participation.

The ambition is to create a place where a wide audience from around the world can discover and appreciate these garments not only in the way they were intended—being worn and in motion—but also examine and contextualize them in new spectacular ways.

A New Dimension for Archival Fashion

There are countless rare and significant fashion garments housed in museums and private collections around the world. These important works are seldom on display, and when they are, they’re mostly restricted to being seen static and from behind glass.

Thierry Mugler Jacket, 1988

The Inaugural Collection

The initial series of virtualized garments has been curated together with The Museum at FIT and features four garments from pioneering designers including Issey Miyake, Thierry Mugler, and Claire McCardell. This selection has been chosen for its range of innovative construction techniques and variety of materials that provide a fascinating (and challenging) case study for virtualization.

Issey Miyake Pleats Please Dress, 1996

The Virtualization Process

Creators have developed a process — including documenting, reconstructing the garments digitally, and simulating the fabric dynamics — that enables the garments to be seen in motion and engaged with in ways that haven’t been possible until now.

Issey Miyake Suit; Jacket, Skirt c.1989

This Is Just The Beginning

As we move into this future where virtualization takes archival fashion beyond its physical form, the ongoing mission is to continue to virtualize significant fashion garments while further enhancing the fidelity, accuracy, and interactive potential of the process.

Here🔗 you can read more about the Virtual Fashion Archive by Andrew Kupresanin and Belinda Chen founders of Super Bureau and Superficial.

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