Art-Z is a software that uses artificial intelligence, amongst other technologies, to reduce the amount of fabric wastage in the fashion industry. The result of a collaboration between Microsoft and London College of Fashion’s Fashion Innovation Agency, it was founded in 2019 by undergraduate student, Ashwini Deshpande.
The fabric wastage, despite using existing lay planning technology, at a pattern cutting and production stage, is between 15-20%. Art-Z helps reduce this waste, which typically goes straight to landfills and incinerators, with the eventual goal of zero waste. It does this by making small amendments to patterns, such as adding seams, in such a way that the aesthetic of the designer is not compromised. It acts as a helping hand for designers who want to create beautiful garments with minimal wastage.