Neo-Fashion: A Data-Driven Fashion Trend Forecasting System Using Catwalk Analysis

Li Zhao, Muzhen Li, Peng Sun

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Trend forecasting is a challenging and important aspect of the fashion industry. The authors design a novel fashion trend analysis system called “Neo-Fashion,” which provides recommendations to fashion researchers and practitioners about potential fashion trends using computer vision and machine learning. Neo-Fashion includes three modules, a data collection and labeling module, an instance segmentation module and a trend analysis module. Diffusion of innovation theory is used as the main theoretical framework to understand fashion trends. 32,702 catwalk images from 2019 fashion week were collected, and 769 images were labeled as training data. Neo-fashion is able to identify and segment fashion items in the given images, and indicate the fashion trends in colors, styles, clothing combinations, and other fashion attributes. To optimize the system, more data sources can be included to not only reflect trends in even more categories but also aid in understanding the trickle-up or trickle-across process in fashion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-34
Number of pages16
JournalClothing and Textiles Research Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2024

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  • artificial intelligence
  • catwalk analysis
  • computer vision
  • machine learning
  • trend forecasting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)


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