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Susan Ashdown, emerita professor in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell does research at the intersection of apparel design and technology.
The garment industry has started using advanced body scanners that create a 3D representation of the body. This technology can help people finding clothes off the rack that will fit their body shape and can even be used to make custom clothing created for a person’s precise measurements.
Adapting the two-dimensional craft of sewing and clothing design to 3D technology is more complicated than your might expect, so right now bespoke clothing is too expensive for the average consumer. But in the future it may help us to maintain a better wardrobe while simultaneously reducing clothing waste.
In the second interview, we visit the art exhibit, “Past Time: Geology in European and American Art“, on display until May 12, 2019 at the Johnson Museum of Art on the Cornell Campus. We hear from Patricia Phagan, the Straus Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Loeb Art Center at Vassar College and the curator of the exhibit. Also, we receive a tour of the exhibit with Nancy Green, the Drukier Curator of European and American Art at Cornell’s Johnson Museum.
Main interview guest: Susan Ashdown | Interviewer: Patricia Waldron Second interview by Esther Racoosin | News: Mark Sarvary | Calendar: Luisa Torres | Episode Producer: Liz Mahood