Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods


The future of getting dressed: AI, VR and smart fabrics

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Technology has evolved a lot since then, but closets have been largely untouched by innovation. Now, that's starting to change. "If algorithms do their job well, people will spend less time thinking about what to wear," said Ranjitha Kumar, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From artificial intelligence and gadgets to smart fabrics and virtual reality, technology is poised to breathe innovation into not only how we dress but how we shop. The most recognizable example is Amazon's Echo Look, which received significant buzz when it was announced earlier this year.


Op-Ed 4 Anxieties Keeping Fashion CEOs Awake at Night

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On the surface, fashion's global impact shows no sign of waning. But look closely and you'll discover an industry struggling to evolve with the times. In December, The State of Fashion report by The Business of Fashion and McKinsey revealed that 67 percent of fashion executives believe conditions in the industry had worsened in the previous year. But, nearly a year later, are the seams still unravelling? The Future Laboratory has identified four major anxieties casting long shadows over the industry.


BoF and Google Partner on Artificial Intelligence Experiment

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Today on the VOICES stage, BoF and Google announced a partnership designed to explore and demonstrate the potential applications of artificial intelligence in fashion, and begin a dialogue between the industry and one of the global leaders in machine learning. In its first instance, the partnership has prompted a series of experiments with data sets from BoF's Fashion Week coverage, the early fruits of which were unveiled before VOICES attendees here in Oxfordshire. Representing Google was Amit Sood, who, in 2011, founded what became the Google Cultural Institute, a non-profit arm of the company, now housed in a grand hôtel particulier in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, that has partnered with over 1,300 museums and foundations to digitise everything from the Dead Sea Scrolls to Marc Chagall's ceiling at the Opéra Garnier, making them accessible on a platform called Google Arts & Culture. The institute is now experimenting with what machine learning can enable when applied to this catalogue, with a focus on fashion as well as art. Sood showed members of the VOICES community some of the work his team of engineers have been doing and, alongside BoF's Imran Amed, shared the results of applying Google's machine learning algorithms to over 70,000 runway looks from BoF's coverage of the last fours years of shows.


Amazon has developed an AI fashion designer

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The effort points to ways in which Amazon and other companies could try to improve the tracking of trends in other areas of retail--making recommendations based on products popping up in social-media posts, for instance. For instance, one group of Amazon researchers based in Israel developed machine learning that, by analyzing just a few labels attached to images, can deduce whether a particular look can be considered stylish. An Amazon team at Lab126, a research center based in San Francisco, has developed an algorithm that learns about a particular style of fashion from images, and can then generate new items in similar styles from scratch--essentially, a simple AI fashion designer. The event included mostly academic researchers who are exploring ways for machines to understand fashion trends.


Amazon has developed an AI fashion designer

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The effort points to ways in which Amazon and other companies could try to improve the tracking of trends in other areas of retail--making recommendations based on products popping up in social-media posts, for instance. For instance, one group of Amazon researchers based in Israel developed machine learning that, by analyzing just a few labels attached to images, can deduce whether a particular look can be considered stylish. An Amazon team at Lab126, a research center based in San Francisco, has developed an algorithm that learns about a particular style of fashion from images, and can then generate new items in similar styles from scratch--essentially, a simple AI fashion designer. The event included mostly academic researchers who are exploring ways for machines to understand fashion trends.


Why AI is set to be a game-changer for creativity

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From movie makers to fashion designers, the future of compelling and engaging creative content will be powered by great artificial intelligence. "One of the interesting things about the AI process is that it can really help streamline the movie trailer process, we can look at creativity and study it as a'black box', and we can also look at historical data around the movie," he said. Last year, IBM's Watson cognitive computing platform was used by local couture designer, Jason Grech, to create a new fashion line using data-driven insights. For organisations hesitant about embracing AI in the creative space, Smith said there should be no fear factor when it comes to embracing its power and potential.


Amazon has developed an AI fashion designer

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The effort points to ways in which Amazon and other companies could try to improve the tracking of trends in other areas of retail--making recommendations based on products popping up in social-media posts, for instance. For instance, one group of Amazon researchers based in Israel developed machine learning that, by analyzing just a few labels attached to images, can deduce whether a particular look can be considered stylish. An Amazon team at Lab126, a research center based in San Francisco, has developed an algorithm that learns about a particular style of fashion from images, and can then generate new items in similar styles from scratch--essentially, a simple AI fashion designer. The event included mostly academic researchers who are exploring ways for machines to understand fashion trends.


Amazon has developed an AI fashion designer

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The effort points to ways in which Amazon and other companies could try to improve the tracking of trends in other areas of retail--making recommendations based on products popping up in social-media posts, for instance. For instance, one group of Amazon researchers based in Israel developed machine learning that, by analyzing just a few labels attached to images, can deduce whether a particular look can be considered stylish. An Amazon team at Lab126, a research center based in San Francisco, has developed an algorithm that learns about a particular style of fashion from images, and can then generate new items in similar styles from scratch--essentially, a simple AI fashion designer. The event included mostly academic researchers who are exploring ways for machines to understand fashion trends.


Amazon's new algorithm designs clothing by analyzing a bunch of pictures

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Amazon has developed an algorithm that can design clothing by analyzing a bunch of images to copy the style and then apply it to new items generated from scratch, reports MIT. The algorithm was developed by Amazon Lab 126, the company's research and development hub and uses a tool called generative adversarial network (GAN). The GAN is a new technique in AI research that forces two neural networks against one another, using the outcome to improve the overall system. Imagine it: Amazon spots a trend and then quickly design clothes via AI that can be produced on-demand.


Amazon made a freaky algorithm that designs clothes based on popular styles

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That's exactly what Amazon hopes to do with its new clothing design algorithm. Instead of human designers creating your favorite looks, Amazon's algorithm would become the creative genius. Once it has learned the style, it can transform an existing piece of clothing to fit in that style. The system will be able to identify rising fashion trends and start creating its own unique pieces for Amazon customers to purchase.