Cutting-edge software to slash fabric wastage

A young London fashion designer has developed software to help reduce fabric wastage during pattern-cutting.

The designer – Judy Zhang, an MA fashion student at Kingston University in south-west London – claimed that the digital pattern-cutting program can eliminate almost all fabric waste. She used the software, called The Versus Concept, to create a womenswear collection which was unveiled during London Fashion Week.

Zhang’s range of dresses, skirts and jumpsuits in shades of pastel blue, minty green and dusky pink debuted on the Vauxhall Fashion Scout catwalk last Friday. The jersey, silk and chiffon garments were styled with asymmetric plastic jewellery and hairpieces inspired by London’s architecture.

She created the flowing drapes of her collection using just her computer, without the paper patterns or fabric prototypes that are almost standard in the fashion industry. “The Versus program allows me to digitally draw pattern pieces, and rotate and position them on screen before they’re cut out, to make the most effective use of every inch of material,” she explained.

“Eventually I hope to offer a design-while-you-wait service to customers in big department stores - people would bring their ideas or drawings to me and I would create bespoke pieces using my software.”

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