Creative Design: Professional

The Sun Shines Through

  • Chanjuan Chen (Kent State University)


Modular design has been explored by textile and apparel designers. However, most designers who explored modular textile and apparel designs focused on two-dimensional products or more boxy silhouettes that did not contour closely to the body since most of their works were made from modular shapes of one size. This research exploration focused on creating modules that can be used to create fitted garments combined with digitally printed fabric for dramatic and changeable surface design. To investigate, the researchers created one modular shape based on a polygon shape with inspiration from elements found in nature. By gradually increasing the size of the modular shapes to fit the three measurements of a dress-form, those modules could be interlocked together through the slots on the sides to create a textile and fitted garments. An image was used in Adobe Photoshop and digitally printed on silk charmeuse fabric to create the final design.

Keywords: sustainability, Transformation

How to Cite:

Chen, C., (2019) “The Sun Shines Through”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 76(1). doi:

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Published on
15 Dec 2019