In this thesis, a small-scale hierarchy neural network (HNN), which can forecast the clothing comfort of trial skirts using some simple information at an apparel department, is described. The input information to HNN is “Individual information” and “Product information”, and is input by the consumer or a salesperson. The individual information is a consumer's figure data that consists of five items. The content of the product information is the material of the trial skirts and the design. Final HNN is a small-scale network that is constructed with an input layer includes 11 units, one hidden layer includes 12 units and an output layer indudes three units. The HNN forecasted clothing comfort of nine kinds of trial skirts. As a result, the agreement rate with data used training has been 90% or more, and with data submitted to network has been from 62 to 70%. It is thought that this small scale HNN is an effective forecast method, because though the clothing comfort is composed of complex factors, constructed HNN can forecast the clothing comfort by using information to which consumer or salesperson can treat easily.
The purpose of this study was to obtain fundamental guidelines for designing visually aesthetic, vertically striped legwear, which makes legs appear longer, slimmer, and more aesthetic. In the present study we examined visual impressions of vertical, equal-striped legwear varied by stripe width, color combinations, and shape of women's lower extremities such as aesthetic legs (long, thin, well-proportioned, straight legs) and not thin legs (thick, heavy legs) . Thirty undergraduates volunteered in the visual sensory test by semantic-differential (SD) method as subjects. Images of legs were designed by the three-dimensional (3-D) modeling system and were displayed on the projector. The authors found that the legwear with narrow black-white stripes patterns made legs seem visually more slender, longer and more aesthetic. Cool color combinations also made legs appear longer and more slender, especially in the case of aesthetic legs. Furthermore, they found that bell-shaped and X-shaped garments, A-line skirts and dresses created good-looking outfits and combined well with vertical striped legwear. Good matching color combinations for the legwear, were garments that were neutral, monochromatic, cool, and accented neutral color schemes.