Manchester Metropolitan University

Knowledge transfer, specialist research, bespoke consultancy, specialist facilities, training and development programmes.

About us

Manchester Fashion Institute is home to a community of fashion designers, buyers, merchandisers, managers, product developers and marketers; our fashion expertise covers the breadth of the industry.

We deliver research projects, consultancy and enterprise focusing on ingenuity, sustainability and impact.

Our facilities are industry standard, are academics are well connected across the globe and our research is pioneering.

Our Expertise

Manchester Fashion Institute can be a real cost benefit to your business. We can give you access to millions of pounds worth of specialist technology and equipment, plus a team with industry expertise that understands and delivers to commercial pressures and timelines.

There are a number of ways we can work with and be a cost benefit to your business, these include:

  • Garment Sizing Development and 3D Digital Body Scanning
  • Garment Construction
  • 3D Product development
  • Raw material and Garment Testing and Analysis
  • Textile Technology Training
  • Manual and Digital Pattern Development

 

Textile Testing
We are the unseen technical partners in many of the fashion fabrics and high-performance clothing worn today.

Manchester Fashion Institute’s Textile Labs have the technical expertise to take your product from the cutting room floor to catwalk. We offer one-to-one advice on the different types of testing available, recommend the right testing for your fabric and advise on technical adjustments needed to add real value to your fabric and ultimately, the end product.

We test not just to British Standards, but also to European, American and International. We can also alter our testing to company specific standards.

3D Body Scanning
Body scanning is a non-contact, 3D measurement system that used safe infrared depth sensing and image technology to produce a digital copy of the surface geometry of the human body, generating a silhouette of the shape and extensive list of body measurements.

Compatible with CAD application, this 3D data can be exported for pattern construction, garment draping simulation and 3D body tracking. The 3D Body Scanner is portable and available for commercial use on and off site.

Innovative materials and product development.
Innovative materials and product development cluster contributes in the area of design and development of functional apparel through its research and expertise using the state-of-the-art facilities that is recognised by the industry and peers in this field.

The cluster actively engages with leading professionals on collaborative research and disseminates its outcome at both national and international level that is academically sound and addressing societal impact and ethical considerations benefitting users.

Our Research

At Manchester Fashion Institute, our research community is thriving. Our research aims to take on new challenges and set standards on a global scale. We have developed an outstanding academic team and built a network of professional connections that allow us to consult and collaborate with some of the industry’s biggest brands and leading innovators.

  • Our researchers have access to a wealth of facilities including:
  • 3D whole body scanner; 3D printers; laser cutter; laser marked single ply cutter
  • Non-sewn technologies – hot taping machine, ultrasonic welding and heat press
  • 3D visualisation/garment simulation
  • Textile testing – Instron universal testing machine, Martindale abrasion tester, Taber abrasion, Permetest, Alambeta, Datacolor spectrophotometer, Moisture management tester, Wascator for washing shrinkage and Fabric Assurance by Simple testing (FAST), Xenotest for light fastness, Hydrostatic head and a full industrial capable sewing equipment.

Manchester Metropolitan University

Knowledge transfer, specialist research, bespoke consultancy, specialist facilities, training and development programmes.

Barbara Shepherd
Manchester Metropolitan University
G05 Righton Building
Cavendish Street
Manchester M15 6BG
United Kingdom

About us

Manchester Fashion Institute is home to a community of fashion designers, buyers, merchandisers, managers, product developers and marketers; our fashion expertise covers the breadth of the industry.

We deliver research projects, consultancy and enterprise focusing on ingenuity, sustainability and impact.

Our facilities are industry standard, are academics are well connected across the globe and our research is pioneering.

Our Expertise

Manchester Fashion Institute can be a real cost benefit to your business. We can give you access to millions of pounds worth of specialist technology and equipment, plus a team with industry expertise that understands and delivers to commercial pressures and timelines.

There are a number of ways we can work with and be a cost benefit to your business, these include:

  • Garment Sizing Development and 3D Digital Body Scanning
  • Garment Construction
  • 3D Product development
  • Raw material and Garment Testing and Analysis
  • Textile Technology Training
  • Manual and Digital Pattern Development

 

Textile Testing
We are the unseen technical partners in many of the fashion fabrics and high-performance clothing worn today.

Manchester Fashion Institute’s Textile Labs have the technical expertise to take your product from the cutting room floor to catwalk. We offer one-to-one advice on the different types of testing available, recommend the right testing for your fabric and advise on technical adjustments needed to add real value to your fabric and ultimately, the end product.

We test not just to British Standards, but also to European, American and International. We can also alter our testing to company specific standards.

3D Body Scanning
Body scanning is a non-contact, 3D measurement system that used safe infrared depth sensing and image technology to produce a digital copy of the surface geometry of the human body, generating a silhouette of the shape and extensive list of body measurements.

Compatible with CAD application, this 3D data can be exported for pattern construction, garment draping simulation and 3D body tracking. The 3D Body Scanner is portable and available for commercial use on and off site.

Innovative materials and product development.
Innovative materials and product development cluster contributes in the area of design and development of functional apparel through its research and expertise using the state-of-the-art facilities that is recognised by the industry and peers in this field.

The cluster actively engages with leading professionals on collaborative research and disseminates its outcome at both national and international level that is academically sound and addressing societal impact and ethical considerations benefitting users.

Our Research

At Manchester Fashion Institute, our research community is thriving. Our research aims to take on new challenges and set standards on a global scale. We have developed an outstanding academic team and built a network of professional connections that allow us to consult and collaborate with some of the industry’s biggest brands and leading innovators.

  • Our researchers have access to a wealth of facilities including:
  • 3D whole body scanner; 3D printers; laser cutter; laser marked single ply cutter
  • Non-sewn technologies – hot taping machine, ultrasonic welding and heat press
  • 3D visualisation/garment simulation
  • Textile testing – Instron universal testing machine, Martindale abrasion tester, Taber abrasion, Permetest, Alambeta, Datacolor spectrophotometer, Moisture management tester, Wascator for washing shrinkage and Fabric Assurance by Simple testing (FAST), Xenotest for light fastness, Hydrostatic head and a full industrial capable sewing equipment.
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