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Augmented reality collection by Ukrainian brand hits runway

Conceived in 2019, the idea of wearable AR clothing grew from a few items in 2020 to a capsule collection presented at Ukrainian Fashion Week in early September. It featured seven prints by contemporary Ukrainian artists

By: Reuters | Kiev (ukraine) |
September 8, 2021 3:30:45 pm
Augmented reality, Augmented reality fashion, Augmented reality Ukraine fashionModels present the collection of partially virtual clothing with elements of augmented reality designed by FINCH brand during Ukrainian Fashion Week in Kyiv, Ukraine. (REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

At first sight, it looks like an ordinary T-shirt or hoodie, but once a smartphone camera is pointed at it, virtual 3D animation is visible.

Ukrainian family-run brand FINCH combined creative forces with a local IT company to design a collection of semi-digital clothing — real items that can be “upgraded” with augmented reality (AR) and exist both in real and digital worlds.

“By using augmented reality a designer can create items beyond physical characteristics of fabrics or elements of clothing which do not exist in the real world, but can be seen as dynamic 3D objects in virtual reality,” FINCH co-founder Kateryna Biakova told Reuters.

Augmented reality, Augmented reality fashion, Augmented reality Ukraine fashion A man uses his smartphone to see a virtual animation on a creation as he visits a presentation of the collection of partially virtual clothing with elements of augmented reality designed by FINCH brand. (REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Conceived in 2019, the idea of wearable AR clothing grew from a few items in 2020 to a capsule collection presented at Ukrainian Fashion Week in early September. It featured seven prints by contemporary Ukrainian artists.

Donned in FINCH designs, models performed in front of tablets which streamed video of augmented outfits.

After scanning a QR code printed on an item, an AR layer is activated through an Instagram filter developed by FFFACE.ME, a company known for creating Instagram effects for global companies like Pepsi, Danone, Samsung and Visa.

Dmitry Kornilov, FFFACE.ME CEO, said many people are more concerned nowadays about how they look in social media rather than in real life.

“Our message was that fashion production must be focused (on) the fact that the final result of wearing clothes is content production. And our fashion product makes content more powerful,” he added.

Augmented reality, Augmented reality fashion, Augmented reality Ukraine fashion People use their smartphones to see virtual animation on creations as they visit a presentation of the collection of partially virtual clothing with elements of augmented reality during Ukrainian Fashion Week in Kyiv. (REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

According to its creators, the collection promotes sustainability, as one piece may have several digital looks and stand for a whole digital wardrobe. Prices range from $70 to $178 per piece.

FINCH says their designs can be used as a communication or marketing tool as they provoke users to engage.

The collection will be exhibited in Dubai at Expo 2020, an international platform for innovation, science, and art, which will start in October.

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