AI's Transformative Role in the Fashion Industry

Sam Naji, Joseph Tekriti
June 20, 2023
5 minute read
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is quickly changing the fashion industry. It enhances creative design possibilities, optimizes operations, and improves customer services. AI's benefits range from conceptual fashion to product customization and virtual try-on. For instance, did you know AI models can now design specific and unique clothing to your stylistic preference? Or that virtual try-ons backed by AI allow you to try on clothes virtually? This article elaborates on such applications of AI and how it's transforming the fashion industry through innovation and customer interaction.   

Seamless Stitching of AI and Design

Transforming Design and Personalization through AI 

Firstly AI is significant in product development and innovation, specifically by enabling fashion designers to bring their ideas to life more efficiently and creatively. Through analyzing unstructured live data, AI can change sketches, cover boards, and typographies into improved high-fidelity designs. Designers can use such inputs in AI algorithms, which generate multiple creative options. These are based on past product lines and inspirational imagery. Such allows designers to expand into a range of styles and design elements. Overall this expansion creates distinctive and innovative fashion products.

Furthermore, AI facilities and enables customization in their product development. By optimizing customer data and preferences, brands can use AI algorithms to generate customized products to customers' tastes and needs. For example, eyewear firms can utilize facial topographical data to design optimal eyeglasses that fit customers' faces, shapes, sizes, and preferences. This level of sophistication in customization enhances customer satisfaction and improves the personalized shopping experience. For example, artists like Str4nge use AI-powered tools to create avant-quality fashion pieces, ranging from eras, styles, and influences. By integrating generative AI, artists like St4nge innovate from traditional fashion styles, which attracts many customer views and publications. This process is called Hyperpersonalization. Overall, AI brings through-provoking designs to the industry. Fashion brands are also partnering with digital studios such as to explore the uses of AI-generated content through a method Vogue Business calls the Generative-E-commerce model. By integrating AI, brands such as Levi's parent firm, LS&Co, are showcasing their products online to a broader range of body types and diversifying customer tastes. Such promotes inclusivity and improves corporate governance. Such models also explore new products. Makeup artist Lisa Eldridge has used generative AI, specifically ChatGPT, to create innovative makeup looks. By following such generated instructions, Eldridge has found new styles and products she wouldn't have considered. Such utilization expands the operational boundaries of the fashion and makeup industry. In Nvidia's AI-powered art gallery, artists showcase their fashion and makeup designs through multi-platform immersive experiences. Artists such as Absolute Reality questions the validity of the artificial digital image by applying new AI generative tools.  

Photo: Str4ngeThing

AI on the Catwalk

Revolutionizing Marketing, Sales, and Customer Experience with AI 

AI also brings significant advantages in marketing and sales. One of the main benefits is content generation. Marketers can optimize generative AI to brainstorm strategies, generate content, and utilize bots for specific marketing campaigns. For example, generative AI-powered models can automatically generate several options for different types of content, e.g., emails, blog posts, or social media captions based on audience segment targets optimizing content creation while saving time and enabling improved customer communications. Moreover, generative AI-powered Chatbots are enhancing customer interactions and improving sales processes. Advanced chatbots powered by generative AI can provide personalized responses in several languages and can answer questions. It can also offer product recommendations based on specific customer preferences. Such AI-powered chatbots are online-sales associates, ensuring customers receive the desired information. Recently, Customization and Personalization specific companies like Threekit introduced their generative AI tool, ThreekitGPT. It enables product customization through AI chat, optimizes the design process, and lets customers personalize products much easier and faster. Therefore generative AI also facilitates a more personalized and engaging customer-product interaction. There is also the benefit of voice assistants.

Regarding AI integration in customer engagement, listed in Vogue Business, Eyewear Inc is known for its intelligent eyewear products. This company has integrated AI into its glasses. This integration allows customers to actively engage with voice assistants and ask and receive questions through built-in microphones and speakers. By incorporating AI models, eyewear brands enhance their product innovations and customer engagements, offering a more significant experience.  

Such generative AI has also changed the concept of virtual try-on in the fashion industry. Through advanced computer vision and generative AI algorithms, virtual try-on technologies let customers try clothes and makeup products virtually or online, as seen on Google's latest product. The process is simple: by uploading a photo or using augmented reality, customers can see how a particular product looks on them without having to go to the store or order the product. It in itself is a massive upheaval in the online fashion industry. Overall this enhances the shopping process, reduces costs, and increases confidence in purchasing a product. In addition to the virtual try-on, AI-powered models enhance the overall customer experience through personalized recommendations and communications. AI algorithms analyze live consumer profiles and interactions, allowing the models to provide personalized styling recommendations and offerings after the customer leaves the website. It is called "clients" and allows brands to build customer-product relationships with customers. It can also attract customers through exclusive promotions and customized experiences. Enhancing product descriptions is another valuable application to generate AI. Adore Me is a fashion brand that creates SEO-optimized product descriptions. Specifically, by utilizing a proprietary generative AI tool, brands such as Adore Me have reduced copywriting time while attracting more customers. Consequently, it will significantly increase non-branded organic traffic to their website. Such an application optimizes time, resources and improves the efficiency of content and product creation while attracting more customers.  

"More than 60 percent of fashion executives believe creating integrated digital processes throughout their organizations will be among their top five areas for digitization as they look to 2025." States Mckinsey.  


Photo: Zalando


Looming Large: AI's Growing Influence on the Fashion Industry's Horizon

State of Fashion Technology Report 2022. McKinsey & Company

To optimize and integrate such generative AI effectively, fashion designers and leaders should identify areas in their business that can provide the most value, which involves understanding specific challenges and opportunities within the company and aligning them with such AI capabilities. The fashion industry is ever-evolving. Therefore AI is expected to play an increasingly significant role in catalyzing innovations and transforming the fashion industry. Mckinsey expects the fashion industry to double its investments in technology in the next decade. AI can change the fashion ecosystem through the power to generate unique designs, reduce operating costs, personalize customer interactions, and optimize processes.  

In conclusion, AI is an effective and powerful tool in the fashion industry, and its influence is expected to grow even further in the next 5-10 years. These emerging trends include AI-driven sustainable fashion, personalized virtual assistants, immersive shopping experiences, and optimization of operations and logistics. By embracing AI and integrating its capabilities, fashion designers and managers can position themselves ahead of the ever-evolving competitive industry.   

Acknowledgment: This article was skillfully crafted with the help of Ansai R.

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