Scan Posture Definition and Hip Girth Measurement: The impact on clothing design and body scanning

Simeon Gill, Christopher Parker

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    Ergonomic measurement is central to product design and development; especially for body worn products and clothing. However, there is a large variation in measurement definitions, complicated by new body scanning technology that captures measurements in a posture different to traditional manual methods. Investigations of hip measurement definitions in current clothing measurement practices supports analysis of the effect of scan posture and hip measurement definition on the circumferences of the hip. Here, the hip girth is a key clothing measurement that is not defined in current body scanning measurement standards. Sixty-four participants were scanned in the standard scan posture of a [TC]2 body scanner, and also in a natural posture similar to that of traditional manual measurement collection. Results indicate that scan posture affects hip girth circumferences, and that some current clothing measurement practices may not define the largest lower body circumference. Recommendations are made concerning how the hip is defined in measurement practice and within body scanning for clothing product development.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1123-1136
    Issue number8
    Early online date20 Oct 2016
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • body scanning
    • measurement
    • scan posture
    • clothing
    • hip girth
    • clothing design


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