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Hohenstein analyses body shapes of 'Plus Size Men'
Dec '15
As part of a research project on 'Plus Size Men', Hohenstein Institute scientists analysed the special body shapes and thermophysiological characteristics of men whose waist size and weight are above standard garment sizes.

As per a Hohenstein press release, they have developed new sizing charts for plus sizes, identified specific body shapes, optimised basic patterns and made some interesting findings on clothing physiology.

“These will assist the clothing industry in developing products for this target group in future,” the institute said in the press release.

According to the institute, the demand from retailers for plus-size fashion is growing all the time and the proportion of large menswear on the market has increased significantly.

“This can be seen by comparing the 1980 survey on menswear with the SizeGermany survey done in 2009, however, the clothing industry struggles to develop suitable products, because the relevant sizing charts do not exist,” it added.

In order to find a solution for the German clothing industry, the Hohenstein Institute initiated the "Plus-size men" research project, which follows on from the "Plus-size woman" project, which they carried out in 2009.

That project was designed to solve the same sizing problem for women and since then has been supplying the industry with important physical data to make garment sizes more consistent.

As part of the research project, the experts at Hohenstein carried out a size survey using modern 3D scanner technology.

For the first time, the clothing industry can now benefit from knowing the typical body dimensions of plus-size men and building on the survey, the scientists have developed a sizing chart for menswear covering five sizes.

Furthermore, they have defined the body types for sizes 60 to 78 and the work was based on the sizing system used in SizeGermany, in order to achieve the widest possible acceptance on the market.

On the basis of the new body measurements, the researchers developed average-sized virtual 3D body models, which show the average body shapes, especially the stomach shape, for the individual sizes.

“The clothing industry can use the results in developing tailor's dummies, 3D designs and simulations,” Hohenstein stated.

With a view to identifying ways in which wearing comfort could perhaps be optimised, the project also looked at thermoregulation in plus-size men.

Wearing tests performed in the climate chamber enabled the researchers to identify for the first time the differences between the physiological behaviour of standard-size men and plus-size men.

The results of the research show that the latter sweat more and sooner and according to the institute, there were big differences between the volunteers and so more tests will be needed to assess plus-size men properly. (AR)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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