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Garment-sizing Systems: An International Comparison

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Abstract:

Reviews the sizing systems developed in several countries — the USA, Austria, England, Germany, Hungary, Japan and South Korea. A comparison of these systems shows that: the way of labelling garment sizes has varied from one sizing system to another; most of the sizing systems classified figure types by height and drop value (the difference between hip girth and bust girth measurements), and the way of classifying garments and the key dimensions of garment types in each system was slightly different. Recognizing the need for greater uniformity, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) developed an international size labelling system. Many countries, including England, Japan, South Korea and Hungary, revised their size labelling systems by adopting the ISO system.

Keywords: Clothing Industry; Dress; Fabric; Garment; International Standards; Size

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/eb003025

Publication date: 1993-01-01

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