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A fashion show with a twist

Students and staff from Computer Science for Games and Fashion with Business Studies degrees united to create a catwalk show like no other.

The cutting-edge virtual reality experience, entitled Fashion 360 VR, was developed over four months with the objective of providing an immersive new way to experience fashion students’ collections.

Via a VR headset, users could view a digital runway show featuring models displaying the students’ distinctive designs. The technology was available for visitors to use during the Graduate Show at the University’s City campus and was then on display at Graduate Fashion Week in London.

Dr Panagiotis Fotaris course leader on our Computer Science for Games BSc(Hons) and Digital Games Development BSc(Hons), was heavily involved in developing the project. He said it showed Brighton students had “the potential to lead the way in VR advances”.

He said: “Interest in virtual reality has exploded in the last few years and as the technology continues to improve it may change the way we consume fashion forever.

“Graduation Fashion Week was a great opportunity for our Games and Fashion students to join forces and collaborate with our central media services to create an immersive experience. The 360-degree video received overwhelmingly positive responses from the audience.

“Participants call this multidisciplinary project a year highlight as it harnessed the diversity of their experiences and backgrounds to develop a cutting-edge product, which is especially useful in the era of global competition to create innovative value.”

Dr Fotaris added that a new VR collaboration will be undertaken, with plans to be confirmed.

The B19 Fashion Portfolio Website is an extension of the Fashion 360 VR project. Computer Science for Games students have created a series of web templates, creating individual websites for each fashion student portfolio, collection write-ups and CVs.


Stephanie Thomson • June 18, 2019

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