The study titled ‘How Complex Systems Engage in Fashion Design Creation: Using Artificial Intelligence’, which was published in the Thinking Skills and Creativity journal, aimed to investigate the practical applicability of AI models to implement designs. creative fashion designers and working with human designers.
The research indicates that the use of AI in the fashion industry has grown significantly in recent years. For example, it is already being used to personalize fashion recommendations for customers, optimize supply chain management, automate processes, and improve sustainability to reduce waste.
However, the creative processes in fashion design continue to be human-driven with little research on how to use AI for fashion design, and often the designers themselves are not included in the research itself.
Assistant professor and lead author of the study, Yoon Kyung Lee, was interested in finding out if there could be effective collaboration between humans and AI for creative design, explaining, “At a time when AI is so deeply entrenched in our lives, this study began by considering what a human being can do better than AI.”
The study began with the generation of new textile designs using deep convolution generative antagonistic networks (DC-GAN) and cyclo-GAN. The results of these models were then compared to similar designs produced by design students.
The comparison revealed that the designs produced by both were similar, but the biggest difference was the uniqueness and originality seen in the human designs, which came from people’s experiences.
However, using AI for repetitive tasks could improve designers’ efficiency and free up their time to focus on high-stakes creative work.
The research also suggests that AI-generated designs could be used as a learning tool for people who lack a fashion background but want to explore their creativity, as AI could help them create their own designs.
Following the study’s findings, Professor Lee now proposes a human-AI collaborative network that integrates GANs with human creativity to produce designs.
Professor Lee has also defined and studied the various elements of a complex system that are involved in human-AI collaborative design and has established a human-AI model in which the designer collaborates with the AI to create a novel design idea.
The model allows the designer to share their creative process and ideas with others, and the system can be interconnected and evolved to improve their designs.
Professor Lee believes that the fashion industry can take advantage of this to anticipate changes in the fashion industry and offer co-creation recommendations and services. Setting goals, variables, and x-limits is part of the designer’s job in the human-AI collaborative design environment, so he suggests that his work should go beyond the visual aspect and instead cover a variety of disciplines.
She concludes: “In the future, everyone will be able to be a creator or designer with the help of AI models. Until now, only professional fashion designers have been able to design and display clothing. But in the future, anyone will be able to design the clothes he wants and show his creativity.