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Alvanon: Innovative, Integrated Fit Solutions for the Apparel Industry

Alavnon uses and links cutting-edge technology to create an innovative transformational process that results in a full service fit and sizing company that offers brands the elusive goal of determining a custom sizing standard for their brand and developing custom forms [that reflect their clientele] and pattern blocks to ensure quality and consistent fit for their product.

Products and Services


Listed below are current products and services provided by Alvanon:

AlvaInsight develops fit specifications and grade rules to provide the best fit for the “sweet spot” of your target customer base. Integrated methodology combines technical design expertise, analytical skill, our global body measurement and shape database to redefine particular product specifications and apply anatomically aligned grade rules.

AlvaScan is the first step to improving fit by capturing the exact body specifications of your target market. This customized scanning service utilizes portable and easy-to-use, cutting edge technology to gather relevant data. AlvaScan utilizes safe millimeter wave scanners, to accurately measure a fully clothed body in seconds. These 3D full body scanners (produced by Intellifit Corp, with as the link underlying Intellifit Corp) have been employed worldwide and have gathered data for more than 200,000 subjects. This is the most cost-effective method for gathering large amounts of scan data accurately. We have also partnered with various National Size Surveys and have included this data in our measurement databases, giving more breadth and depth to our analysis.

AlvaForm fit mannequins represent the core body standard within a company’s supply chain. The AlvaForm Standard facilitates communication and creates alignment between all parties. The result is improved speed to market and an optimized fit approval process.

AlvaBlock  Customized for you target customer – basic blocks for correct and consistent fit.

AlvaTraining Alvanon has partnered with several training authorities around the world to educate your supply chain on how to effectively implement and measure results for AlvaForm, AlvaBlock and AlvaPhoto systems. They also provide training to your designers, merchandisers, pattern makers, retail store staff on the new fit and how it relates to your customers.

Product Catalog links

Academic Partnership Page

Alvanon’s Latest Creation Your Personal Fit Model

News Articles on Alvanon.

More on Alvanon products and services here on previous blog posting.

Target Australia National Sizing Survey

Target Australia is partnering with Alvanon to body scan about 25,000 people from 4/30/12 to 5/30/12 to get their body measurements down to the exact millimetre. It will be recorded, processed and Target will come up with sizing that best suits the Target Australia population,”

Target managing director Dene Rogers predicts the technology will revolutionise the way we buy and fit clothes. Here is a link to the official Target Australia National Size Survey page describing the body scanning sizing project is here. Scroll down to see two official Target videos demonstrating and explaining the project.

Here is a detailed article on the Target Australia National Size Survey Project titled: Sizing up Australia – is Target’s 3D body scanner the shape of things to come?   by Kate Kennedy, Lecturer, School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University.

This article mentions the long desired hope for development of a public domain database to inform both the industry and consumers on Australia’s size and shape. Many people within the Australia textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) industry will no doubt be viewing Target’s body-scanning project with a certain amount of envy.

I believe many people in the US (AAFA) American Apparel & Footwear Association [as well as Target US] will also be viewing Target Australia’s body-scanning project with a certain amount of envy. Development of an expanded SIZEUSA public domain database would be excellent for generic industry, consumers and educational researchers. Perhaps this is something that AAFA as an organization would consider supporting. [SizeUSA was a two-year National Sizing Survey was sponsored by clothing and textile companies, the Army, Navy and several universities. Lead researcher for the study was Dr. Cynthia Istook, a North Carolina State University textiles professor who teamed up with AlvaProducts using TC2 scanners –source] Matching brand specific items to customers is a win for customers who end up with reliable and good fit and retailers who increase sales [especially online] and reduce returns.

Link to article about the SizeUSA research: Changing the Way Apparel Companies Think about Body Shape.

Anyone that would like to submit a guest blog posting on the subject of expanding on the SizeUSA public database research project, please contact me at

OptiTex#2: FIT Technology

April 1, 2008 8 comments

From a product development perspective, the dress form avatar/mannequin is the most important element in a creation of the garment, this is where the measurements are determined and the final look and feel helps determine whether the garment really fits or not. According to Yoram Burg, President of OptiTex, initially the market did not accept the virtual prototyping so openly only two years ago.

Modulate is a critical part of the OptiTex solution to developing accurate fit.
The application is a unique interactive, parametric, one of a kind, made-to-measure software engine. Each parametric style fits a particular set of dimensions that belong to specific people or represent particular manufacturing requirements. This enables brands to develop their own individual and customized set of sizing standards based on the targeted brand market user.

Dispite the advancements in technology, there still was initial skepticism with regards to avatars accurately reflecting real life (RL) measurements. OptiTex technology has come a long way since then and additional new technology developments as well as creative and strategic partnerships and/or linkages with companies, developers and educational institutions have made customers realize [and experience for themselves] that a well designed avatar/mannequin and a well designed multi-dimensional product for manufacture as well as marketing is something that is based on accurate information and the highest quality rendering/annimation/cloth engines.

The benefits of using 3D avatar/ mannequins for fashion product development are perfect fit, mass customization, cost effectiveness for design, development, prototyping and e-commerce marketing.

3D Customized Avatar/ Mannequins


A variety of well-designed accurate 3D avatar/ mannequins and customized accessories are continually being developed at Optitex. The company is actively seeking partnerships with makers of widely used industry forms to develop specialized plug-ins that will replicate avatar/ mannequins for well known industry forms such as Alvaform. [pictured below]


The 3D avatar/ mannequins currently under development have a wide range of body types and represent many age groups. The are fat and muscular controls [pictured above] as well as advanced posture controls [pictured below].



Individual companies can choose to develop their own customized set of avatar/ mannequins [based on their targeted brand customer] by having their fit models input their body scans into the OptiTex system. [example of body scan input pictured below]



Body scan data can be set to be linked into the OptiTex application.


Annimated FIT Technology

The OptiTex application will also be introducing animated FIT technology (above video) in V10 in 2008. This animated FIT technology enables the user to animate the custom sized avatar/ mannequin while wearing the custom designed garment and visually analyze the garment fit during wearer movements.

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