The Drexel Digital Museum (DDM) is an international, interdisciplinary group of researchers focused on production, conservation and dissemination of new media for exhibition of historic fashion. Collaborators include: Drexel’s Colleges of Media Arts & Design, Computing and Informatics, Arts & Sciences, the iDEA E-Repository, and the Fox Historic Costume Collection; Seoul National University; the University of New South Wales, Australia; the Fulbright Foundation; and the Costume Society of America.

DDM is researching the production, curation and publication of high resolution, interactive, panoramic images of fashion objects to integrate into the new modes of display evolving from the historic changes in the collection, exhibition, and dissemination of fashion.

Drexel faculty and students are currently creating a virtual human to simulate a historically accurate framework for the garment. This body is articulated to illustrate the figure of a 1930s socialite whose body is shaped by the undergarments of the period. Character development is important to the overall simulated image; therefore historically accurate hair and make-up are also being designed for the virtual human.

This innovative research has the potential to present an all-encompassing fashion image through the 3D simulation of historic dress, dressing a digital body and applying motion capture technology to visualise the movement of the garment.

Role: Research Associate