artificial intelligence in fashion (part one: brainstorming)

Brainstorming as usual:

  1. Fashion dictums involve many IF-THEN-ELSE rules. One can convert this into a decision engine (inference engine).
  2. User specifies their body shape, and a recommendation engine selects suitable clothing for them, taking into account the user’s tastes.
  3. Upload an image of a dress you want to buy, and specify the dress’s given size. At the same time, upload your measurements. The algorithm then tells you the likelihood of fit.
  4. Upload your measurements. The algorithm searches for clothes that fit well.
  5. Upload your measurements. The algorithm searches for clothes that flatter your body shape.
  6. User submits 10+ images of dresses they like, with the option to add more. Moreover, they submit their measurements. The algorithm then designs dresses for them.
  7. Automate difficult design tasks. My model here is the AI drummer in GarageBand which provides very sophisticated beats, and which I use in all my songs.
  8. Enhance design. Algorithms can produce combinations that have not been thought of before. Here I envision designer as “pilot” and algorithm as “vehicle”.
  9. Create fiber optic dresses that light up responsively to movement, such that the changes in lighting accentuate curves.



Collaborate!

If you would like to collaborate with me to these or similar ideas happen, I’m an extremely experienced data scientist and would love to work with you!  Please contact me through Facebook if you are interested.

AI-Driven Fashion Show

Holding a fashion show for AI-created styles sounds fabulous!

Next Steps

See what tools exist already. See what APIs exist. Determine if measurement statistics are known. Investigate the Computer Science and Home Economics academic literature.

What data is out there?

See Also

body shape calculator

weekly transwoman-friendly fashion roundup (#1 – introduction)

Today I initiate a new series, a weekly roundup of fashions I’ve become enamored with during the week.

I particularly focus on the needs of transwomen in my survey, as transwomen generally stand taller than the average woman, generally fill more space, carry diminished hips, and sport broader shoulders.

With each recommendation I’ll state why it proves a good pick for many transgender woman, so that readers can improve their own eye for successful shopping.

This is a blatant effort to make money, as most of what I show you can click on and buy, resulting in my getting a cut. But think of it this way: The resulting cash flow supports this blog!

Without further ado:

A-Line Dress Skirt Vintage Floral Fit and Flare

This goes up to XXXL, and maximizes the image of having hips. The shoulders will appear neither too broad nor diminished:

Sleeveless Casual Flared Tank Dress

The lack of a waistline helps tall women look natural in this sort of dress–I’ve experienced much success wearing beltless flared dresses. This one goes up to XXL and offers many options for color and pattern:

Sleeveless Elegant Cocktail Dress

Two things really work for me with this type of dress:  First, the folds in the front help diminish the visual presence of by beer gut. Second, the cute bow in the shoulder distracts from my broad shoulders. I rock dresses like this all the time!  (See my Twitter profile picture for an example). This dress goes up to XXL and comes in three colors:

You can pull this off, girl!

Wedge Sandals

For transwomen just getting started wearing heals, I recommend beginning with wedges (see my post “the trick to walking in heals…” for helpful How-To videos).

Once you get the hang of it, I guarantee you’ll wear heels far more often than your cisgender peers!

Here are two wedge sandals I like, one modest, one flamboyant, from quality brands that go up to large sizes. Never fear expressiveness!

HINT TO NEW WOMEN:  Don’t wear white shoes on rainy days! They just get dirty and look terrible.

Other Editions of Weekly Transwoman-Friendly Fashion Roundup

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petticoats! (and where you can buy them)

I absolutely love frilly petticoats. Problem is, after two years of diligent Goodwill shopping I have only found one, pictured in my post “sissy fashion (part 2)”. And this petticoat doesn’t fill space, like the ones I would like to wear (see my post “sissy fashion” for examples of what I’d prefer).

I have no hips, and need all the help I can get!

Fortunately, I found the supplier wish.com. Not sure what I think of the site yet, but the petticoats I ordered are pictured at the end of this post. Cost a total of $17. Looking forward to rocking them with my polka dot heels and a rockabilly dress!

But later a friend told me about Amazon. These two petticoats go up to XL, important since transwomen tend to run larger than cisgender women, and the price is about the same. They come in multiple colors and sizes up to XL:

Here is me working these designs:

reconstructing my life from scratch (part #1: radical kindness, and dresses)

As expressed previously on this blog (see “the trick to changing your gender…”), I habitually reconstruct my life. This skill proved essential to my public transition and continually issues economic dividends.

I now stand at an inflection point where I need to reinvent myself again from scratch. You see, the last five years delivered unprecedented upheaval in my life, so much that I have yet to fully adjust to and recover from it all. To provide context, in the last five years I:

  • Divorced
  • Publicly became Emily
  • Fell in love, and lost big, thrice
  • Lost a job I enjoyed and held for a decade
  • Experienced multiple psychiatric episodes (mostly suicidal ideation)
  • Visited India and Kashmir
  • Released two deeply introspective rock albums
  • Discovered that I enjoy having men penetrate me

Only about half of these experiences prompted suffering, but all of them taken together severely disrupted my holistic comfort and security. Consequently my worldview must adapt if I’m to continue delivering my best to the world. I need to rebuild.

I completely need to rebuild. To examine every feature of my life.

For clarity, I hold tremendous assets to step forward with, e.g.,

  • Faith
  • A roof over my head
  • Supportive family and friends
  • Great access to mental and physical healthcare
  • An education complemented by significant work experience
  • Enormous creativity
  • An open mind
  • Modest cash flow

So I’m advancing with resources in place.

My First Two Steps

I’ve decided to start by building a life that radically promotes kindness, and to wear dresses everyday.

Radical Kindness

I hold kindness up as my highest value. So I begin my reconstruction with a firm commitment to delivering kindness at all opportunity. I love greatly, and a clear dictate from the New Testament states that “Love is patient, love is kind.” [1]. Therefore we start with kindness.

I’ll write more about kindness in the future.

Dresses

“Emily”—the person, the spirit, the identity—sustained a major beating in the last five years. She resisted despair by asserting her femininity at every turn. Clothing provides a physical declaration of gender, and nothing more so than feminine dresses. So I plan to wear dresses every day from now on unless there is a good reason not to (e.g., fixing my car or SCUBA diving).

I cannot fully explain why this matters so much to me. But I have noticed (again I cannot explain it) that my life simply “works” better when I wear a dress than when I wear a skirt and a top. It could be confidence brimming up and therefore providing fruit, or could be the universe confirming my decision—most likely it is both.

Manufacturing Intent

I describe making an “intent board” or “vision board” in my post “make an intent board“. Basically on an intent board you paste images to a poster or Pinterest that represent your goals, values, and positive traits. Then you review it regularly for conscious and subconscious guidance.

My intent board includes four whole sections on dresses to celebrate and encourage the joy I experience while wearing them:

References

  1. 1 Corinthians 13:4. (New International Version)

seatbelt

As a woman, I operate my driver’s side seatbelt differently than previously. In the past I quickly reached across my chest with my right hand and grabbed the device.

But now my clothes constrict my movement slightly more, and I therefore find it easier to first reach up with my left hand to grasp the seatbelt, then pull it gently halfway across my chest to transfer it to my right hand.

This method appears more graceful.

Update 7 December 2017

For context, I live in a country that drives on the right side of the road.

the ideal woman (Hell’s r&d department)

I’m simply going to quote the section on creating the “ideal woman” from the Screwtape Letters. You can purchase the book in multiple formats here.

In a rough and ready way, of course, this question is decided for us by spirits far deeper down in the Lowerarchy than you and I. It is the business of these great masters to produce in every age a general misdirection of what may be called sexual “taste”. This they do by working through the small circle of popular artists, dressmakers, actresses and advertisers who determine the fashionable type. The aim is to guide each sex away from those members of the other with whom spiritually helpful, happy, and fertile marriages are most likely.

Thus we have now for many centuries triumphed over nature to the extent of making certain secondary characteristics of the male (such as the beard) disagreeable to nearly all the females—and there is more in that than you might suppose. As regards the male taste we have varied a good deal. At one time we have directed it to the statuesque and aristocratic type of beauty, mixing men’s vanity with their desires and encouraging the race to breed chiefly from the most arrogant and prodigal women. At another, we have selected an exaggeratedly feminine type, faint and languishing, so that folly and cowardice, and all the general falseness and littleness of mind which go with them, shall be at a premium.

At present we are on the opposite tack. The age of jazz has succeeded the age of the waltz, and we now teach men to like women whose bodies are scarcely distinguishable from those of boys. Since this is a kind of beauty even more transitory than most, we thus aggravate the female’s chronic horror of growing old (with many excellent results) and render her less willing and less able to bear children. And that is not all.

We have engineered a great increase in the licence which society allows to the representation of the apparent nude (not the real nude) in art, and its exhibition on the stage or the bathing beach. It is all a fake, of course; the figures in the popular art are falsely drawn; the real women in bathing suits or tights are actually pinched in and propped up to make them appear firmer and more slender and more boyish than nature allows a full-grown woman to be.

Yet at the same time, the modern world is taught to believe that it is being “frank” and “healthy” and getting back to nature. As a result we are more and more directing the desires of men to something which does not exist—making the rôle of the eye in sexuality more and more important and at the same time making its demands more and more impossible. What follows you can easily forecast!

sissy fashion

I’m too badass to succeed as a sissy, though I’ll admit I fantasize about the lifestyle. The most I could manage is compliant, submissive housewife.

But I love sissy fashion.

Going to start pulling it off in my day-to-day attire. Started by buying the frilliest dresses I could find and a derby hat. Next going to acquire a few highly flared petticoats.

Because I fucking can.

And I want to get fucked while wearing such attire.

Few live out their dreams.

Here are examples of the look I plan to cultivate:

a derby hat and a sex offer

As per my interest in cultivating a look that screams “feminine”, I bought a derby hat from Goodwill today. At the same time I bought a pair of white high-heeled sandals. Wore both out of the store.

In the parking lot a man immediately pitched a sex offer.

Later that day two additional men expressed clear interest in me, though more subtly.

The look won attention!

I like attention.