Bridges 2011 Short Paper
Design Thinking LAB: Math Goes Fashion
(Proceedings pages 601–604)
This paper describes the strategy of approaching math through fashion
using interdisciplinary methods such as ``Design Thinking''. A group
of designers, artists, physicists and mathematicians from different
universities mingle regularly at the Design Thinking Lab at the
University of Applied Arts under the supervision of Ruth Mateus-Berr.
Now they are approaching fashion through math. In Western Europe,
the making of patterns in garments mainly comes from one tradition.
As far as we know, no one has yet thought about an approach based
on platonic solids or reformulated the traditional S,M,L,XL sizes
with a new mathematical interpretation, Body-Index-Cloth. Rotational
forms of conic sections enable us to find forms for a hyperbolic
ball gown. The Lab covers a broad range of problem domains from
pattern making to fashion for buildings with inflatable membranes.
Recent experiments reveal new perspectives for fashion and,
additionally, bring up educationally fruitful methods for working
with mathematical topics using a creative base.