The Indie program at Browzwear aims to give talented freelance designers the first-hand experience in 3D design. Considering the recent global circumstances, more and more designers are recognizing the need for a remote solution that will allow them to continue their work when physical resources may not be available. As the industry heads in a new direction, digital designers are proving to be the driving force behind this change.
We recently caught up with Keith-Patrick Han, a creative designer who completed our Indie program at the end of 2019 and carried his 3D skills into his future. When it comes to fashion design, Keith-Patrick has a broad background covering many different aspects. Whilst studying his BFA fashion design degree at Parsons School of Design in New York, he was particularly inspired by the ‘Systems in the Society’ course, which focused on fashion innovation and sustainability which have become increasingly relevant for the industry and its reputation over the past few years. This course enabled him to look at fashion from a different perspective, working to shape the future of his career.
As Keith-Patrick furthered his education in the field, he geared parts of his curriculum towards 3D design, such as taking classes on 3D modeling that incorporated software programs like Autodesk 360. It was at this point where he began to dip into several 3D design applications and think about ways that it can be used to save both time and resources as well as enhance creativity. As part of his thesis, Keith-Patrick came up with his own concept ‘assembled.by’ which proposed the idea of customers self-assembling garments at home via magnetic screws as a means of sustainable fast-fashion, without worker exploitation.
Alongside his work at the Acne Studios denim department and other street style apparel brands, Keith-Patrick was introduced to VStitcher by Browzwear’s 3D expert, Marylina Klenk. This led him to join the Indie program where he familiarized himself with all of the tools and functions to create his own 3D garments. Working with VStitcher proved to be a user-friendly software for Keith-Patrick, enabling him to go from the patterning to the draping of the garment without the need for a physical sample.
“Essentially you can do anything that you would like to do”, says Keith Patrick when discussing the capabilities of 3D design. As a result, Keith-Patrick was able to take the concept ‘assembled.by’ and transform it into a reality by utilizing 3D design and rendering.
When discussing the implications of 3D for the future of the industry, Keith-Patrick suggests that although there will naturally be a level of skepticism, “when it comes to embracing digital tools within fashion, it is inevitable that this is where the future is headed”. When transitioning from 2D to working in a 3D environment it can be overwhelming, however, it offers much more room for flexibility throughout the product creation process as it is not confined to a physical location. Changes can be made quickly and easily, and steps can be cut out for a more cost-effective, efficient, and sustainable workflow. He also noted that when designing in 3D, your creative journey is shifted, and it is interesting to see what ideas people come up with.
“Working with VStitcher as an independent designer, I would say it enables you to visualize ideas immediately without having to invest in physical materials,”
Keith-Patrick’s knowledge and experience with 3D design have opened up the doors of opportunity, he now pursues his digital design skills at the North Face, which is beginning to look at going down the 3D route. In fact, this year’s season creative kick-off which would have typically been based on physical prototypes is having to be carried out digitally for the first time due to the global situation.
Keith-Patrick’s eye-catching designs have a unique flair that often entails a twist of his much inspired 90’s style.
“This overall mini skirt is part of a modular self-assembly project and is made of sustainable PVC. The oversized white top is made of organic cotton. The garment has no seams or stitches, but instead, the garment is assembled by magnetic closures.”
To view more designs check out Keith-Patrick’s website
To apply for Browzwear’s Indie program: https://browzwear.com/beta-program/
Every few months we run an Indie project to give fashion designers and pattern makers the opportunity to learn and experience Browzwear’s software. The project’s mission is to bring more digital designers to the apparel industry and encourage as well as help to facilitate the change that is needed. One of these talented designers is Haz Sam, whose work was chosen to be presented on SHOWstudio, an award-winning online platform for fashion as a creative medium.
As we have recently been experiencing a global crisis, the fashion industry needs to ensure that it is prepared for situations where the market may be hit by a Black Swan. There are times where a designer may not have access to their sewing machine or isn’t able to ship samples overseas, however, this does not mean that creativity has to be sacrificed, and we can certainly see this through Haz’s story. Haz is a senior fashion design student at AMD, Akademie fashion and design in Düsseldorf, Germany. He postponed his bachelor year to undertake a 3D internship at Li & Fung and pursue his skills for the future of fashion.
Throughout Haz’s education and time at Li & Fung, he worked closely with Mr. Wilson Chan YS who gave him the ability to learn and experiment with Browzwear’s innovative 3D design software, VStitcher. After gaining the first-hand experience with the software, he decided to apply for Browzwear’s 2nd Indie Program to gain a deeper understanding and further his skills in digital design. As he became more familiar with the software, it became clear that sustainability is not strictly confined to fabrics, but rather the resources that are used across the entire process. The garment creation and approval process involve a significant amount of waste, not to mention time, especially when it comes to making alterations. By carrying out a digital design cycle, Haz was able to practically buy time and cut back on resources. As decisions can be made over true-to-life virtual garments, each change or manipulation can be made seamlessly and visualized in a matter of minutes.
“I don’t believe that sustainability is only about fabrics but also the tools we are using. VStitcher offers both a realistic interpretation of patterns and at the same time offers a great tool for creativity. In the design process, we have a lot of waste, altering and changing forms to end with the final product.” says Haz “In 3D we are saving a lot of time, yet the beautiful draping effect VStitcher offers, for designers like me who like to experiment with form is a luxury”
Most importantly, VStitcher provided Haz with all of the essential tools in which he could unleash his creativity and freely experiment with different forms, patterns, and drapes throughout the garment creation process. “As fashion in its own core is based on a dream, VStitcher offers creativity along with technical details. It will also help a lot of new generations of designers to have the know-how plus adding the creative element to their design concepts”. Haz also notes his inspiration from the Karl Lagerfield prize winner, Hed Mayner, who combined both handcraft and 3D technology to create his pieces.
In his latest digital work, Haz joined a virtual creative project by SHOWstudio, where he was able to infuse his inspirations from poetry, art, and personal experiences within his designs that were to Sarah Burton’s Alexander McQueen S/S 20 collection. This project aims to give designers the opportunity to interpret patterns and creations from renowned fashion brands and take them into their own hands. However, the project that has been famously running seasonally since 2002, which brings patterns by well-known designers to the masses, had to make some adaptations this time round. In light of COVID-19, this year’s edition featured virtual submissions with patterns and designs created by designers from their homes, through digital means. The virtual garments that Haz designed portrayed a synthesis of darkness and melancholy with more delicate beauty and floral aspects which worked to make the pieces so unique. He also adjusted the virtual model accordingly to present a global citizen look. The potential for the incorporation of creativity and originality within the 3D design is endless, and in Haz’s case, the emotion was reflected throughout his entire collection. Here’s SHOWstudio’s story on the project.
After the SHOWstudio project, Haz recreated an outfit with his own patterns based on his artwork and embellishments to create a unique design that he presented in his own ‘Leila’ piece. Haz plans on continuing to produce unique and artistic designs with VStiticher, focusing on sustainability. “Browzwear should be an inspiration for recent graduates and fashion students as new creative tools of the future with a very positive impact on fashion education.”
Here are Ali’s pieces, submitted to Showroom and the creative behind it with his re-imaged designs using inspirations and digital material:
Stephen Doherty (Gratitude blooms)
“I visited the exhibition in London on my last day. I used the flowers as an embroidery print and created a 3D form out of them. The flowers are cut and added to the pattern with adjustments.”
Fashion Vs Art
“I have used my own artwork, my own paintings and Inspiration from other artists. Fleur Du Mal /Flowers of evil: it is a tribute to Alexander Mcqueen, as he was inspired by both Goth and Nature (Flower print). So I wanted to bring elements of lightness, darkness, melancholy and beauty together in a 3D Form.”
The Virtual model was altered
“Sample use: I have digitally used the samples that I got at the buyers’ team at Li and Fung. Those are fabrics that are created by a development team. They don’t exist in real life as production, however, they offer a formula to create fabrics without waste.”
Interested in joining our next Indie program?
Apply here for the next batch: https://browzwear.com/beta-program