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In this News Desk interview, held on site at Cloud Wars Expo, Analysts Kieron Allen and Toni Witt welcome Apparel Intelligence Co-Founder and CEO Jessica Kim for a discussion on creating hyper-real digital assets, the bridge between digital and physical fashion, and the growing overlap between the beauty industry and the Metaverse.
00:01 — Kieron introduces fellow analyst Toni Witt and Jessica Kim from Apparel Intelligence. The company, represented by the acronym A.I., is a digital fashion studio combining fashion and visual effects technology.
00:59 — Presently, the fashion industry falls short of adequate sustainability standards. Apparel Intelligence aims to institute more sustainable processes by replacing physical samples with production-ready, true-to-life digital samples for apparel brands.
01:46 — Kim explains the different phases of her business, which are founded on streamlining the apparel-making process and forming B2C relationships through the Metaverse.
03:24 — By focusing on sustainability, Apparel Intelligence makes it possible to save time, cost, and resources, making sales before ever creating a physical product. “The more real, the better.”
04:07 — Toni asks about the tools and platforms used to create these hyper-real digital assets. Kim explains the combined computer graphics (CG) and digital effects of Clove 3D modeling software, where Kim previously worked as a 3D designer.
05:43 — 3D and CGI have existed for a long time; Kim names several CG software alternatives and explains her previous role working on The Last Jedi with Industrial Light & Magic.
06:33 — Kim details the lengthy movie industry CG creation process from start to finish, including the use of multiple effects tools and proprietary software.
07:36 — Kieron raises the issue of interoperability. Apparel Intelligence’s hyper-realistic rendering of physical clothing is made possible by bridging movie-quality CG with fashion. Kim details the blend of rendering and texturing tools used to make A.I.’s software possible.
09:19 — Making apparel look good on-screen doesn’t require the ability to produce the same effect in reality. Apparel Intelligence aims to digitally represent the real-world product.
09:38 — Apparel Intelligence’s software combines fashion, visual effects, and computer AI.
10:19 — The central goal of the Metaverse is bridging the digital and physical.
11:10 — Kim explains the utility of Apparel Intelligence digital assets compared to traditional NFTs.
12:01 — Toni asks about customization to fit precise body measurements. Through Clove 3D, Apparel intelligence software allows true-to-life avatars to test clothing specs.
13:07 — The company aims to create a 3D fitting platform to replace the traditional Small-Medium-Large clothing size scale with unique, realistic representations of people’s exact figures.
14:27 — Visualization and fitment are crucial for fashion. Proportions, colors, and prints need to be seen together.
15:32 — Kieron suggests entire wardrobes could be cataloged in the Metaverse.
16:53 — A.I.’s clients and key connected brands include Atari Hotels, Fred Segal, and Subnation.
18:04 — Kim describes the company’s participation in Decentraland’s Metaverse fashion week and the technical hurdles digital still has to overcome.
20:09 — Fashion and Metaverse audiences are still mostly separate circles with lots of room to grow.
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