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Considerate Design for Personalised Fashion

Published date
25 Jul 2018

Considerate Design is both a concept and a toolkit being developed to support fashion designers to embed sustainability into their decision making process.

Principal Investigator: Professor Sandy Black
College: London College of Fashion

Project summary

The project investigated new design and production methods for creation of personalised fashion, using individual bodyscan data and rapid prototyping technology, in a portfolio of projects.

Project outcomes

  • 'Knit to fit'- Professor Sandy Black and Dr Penelope Watkins Seamless garment knitting for comfort and personalised fit utilising advanced knitting technology.
  • 'Bespoke Bags' - Dr Frances Geesin and Steven Harkin bespoke functional bags ergonomically designed to fit the body.
  • 'Evolving Textiles' - Philip Delamore and partners Freedom of Creation, Complex Matters Experimental use of rapid manufacturing for textile-like modular structures which conform to body shape
  • Considerate Design toolkit - Professor Sandy Black, Dr Claudia Eckert and Fatemeh Eskandarypur. A visual intuitive tool for individual designers; a costing-based software tool for larger companies.


Outputs realised from the research project:


Black, Sandy (2010) Considerate Design: Empowering fashion designers to think about sustainability. In: DK:Lab Sustainable Fashion - Issues to be addressed. Laboratory for Design, Innovation and Sustainability at Kolding School of Design, pp. 52-66. ISBN 978-87-90775-04-9

Black, Sandy and Watkins, Penelope (2010) Considerate Design for Personalised Knitwear. In: The Textile Institute World Conference: Global Visions 2010, 2nd-4th November, Manchester.


Black, Sandy and Eckert, Claudia (2009) Developing Considerate Design: Meeting Individual Fashion and Clothing Needs Within a Framework of Sustainability. In: A Handbook of Research in Mass Customization and Personalization: Volume 1: Strategies and Concepts. World Scientific Press, Singapore; London, pp. 813-832. ISBN 9789814280259 (print); 9789814467292 (ebook)