Merging technology and users: applying image browsing to the fashion industry for design inspiration

Annette A. Ward, Stephen J. McKenna, Anna Buruma, Peter Taylor, Junwei Han

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    Archives are increasingly important to creative industries, especially the fashion sector, which often relies on historical collections for design inspiration, product-development, and market strategizing. As these collections are digitized and catalogued their accessibility becomes more complex and their usefulness restricted to those skilled in navigating through the metadata. Content-based image retrieval (CBIR) offers only a partial solution to this dilemma. Requirements of the fashion sector necessitate a tool to enhance the browsing experience for creative applications beyond retrieval. This paper highlights limitations of CBIR for applications in creative industries such as fashion. It briefly reviews relevant literature, highlights some research questions, and outlines the approach we are adopting to integrate the requirements of users with the appropriate technology. Examples from Fashion and Apparel Browsing for Inspirational Content (FABRIC), a collaborative 3-year 1.4M pound Technology Strategy Board project, sponsored by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS), provide a real-world application.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2008 International Workshop on ContentBased Multimedia Indexing
    Subtitle of host publicationconference proceedings
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherIEEE Computer Society
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)9781424420445
    ISBN (Print)9781424420438
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    Event6th International Workshop on Content-Based Multimedia Indexing - London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 18 Jun 200820 Jun 2008


    Workshop6th International Workshop on Content-Based Multimedia Indexing
    Abbreviated titleCBMI-2008
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Internet address


    • Retrieval
    • Semantics
    • Databases
    • Model


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