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From Body Scan to Body Form: Sizing a Clothing Line.

Christa H
Jan 21, 2013

Are you size 4? A 6? An 8? Often women shoppers don’t know. And they can actually be all those sizes without gaining or losing an ounce. Ed Gribbin, president of Alvanon, a clothing size and fit consulting firm in New York City, says everyone has a number in their head. When you go shopping, […]

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Spandex Stretches to Meet U.S. Waistlines

Christa H

Part of an ongoing series on obesity in America When you think of spandex, 1970s disco mania may come to mind. Spandex came off the dance floor and into everyone’s closet — stretchy leggings, jumpsuits and leg warmers were the rage. But spandex had a life before disco. It was invented by two DuPont chemists. […]

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The Perfect Fit: Inconsistent sizing could be a thing of the past with a new pan-European mannequin. Now its maker Alvanon has set up a mentoring scheme to pass on its knowledge.

Christa H

Operating in today’s global market is fraught with challenges, not least when it comes to sizing. With designers catering for different body types across the globe, relying on communication between their design studio and manufacturers (who are often based offshore), and then paying for samples to be sent back and forth, their operations need to […]

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Project Plus-Size: Retailers Put New Focus On Getting the Fit Right; An Hourglass Shape, High Waists Are Key

Christa H

When Jennette Fulda shops for a dress, she doesn’t think only about the color and style. She thinks about how long it will fit her. She lost 200 pounds between 2005 and 2008, dropping from a size 32 to 12. Then she gained enough to buy clothes in size 18 and 20. When her weight […]

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Alvanon: Pan-European Fit

Christa H

Alvanon’s new pan-European sizing mannequin is the product of 50,000 bodyscans across seven European countries and World Health Organisation and national health data from 17 others, all with one aim – to make clothing fit better. With poor fit being cited as one of the most common complaints with clothing, Alvanon’s new development aims to […]

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Icebreaker implements new fit system with Alvanon.

Christa H

New Zealand-based outdoor wear company Icebreaker has collaborated with fit specialist Alvanon to develop a new fit and grading system for its garments. Read the Article

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