The world is facing a major impact on the textile and apparel sector during the Corona pandemic. The (International Trade Center 2020) report indicates that the apparel industry has become the second largest affected industry in the world. The report also monitored a change in consumers' behavior towards apparel, and the motive of buying more sustainable basic pieces became rather than searching for trendy fashion. Since wearing face-masks has become a modern requirement during the Corona pandemic; the responsibility of the fashion designer has become to design what fulfils the consumers' needs, modern requirements and to attract consumers to buy. Therefore, the research aims to design innovative men's pants with fixable and removable pockets to achieve functional and aesthetical performance during the Corona pandemic.The wearer of the pants can keep the face-mask safe in the pocket which can be fixed and removed easily, in addition to the possibility of sterilizing the pocket with alcohol before using it each time. The researcher has done laboratory tests for the chosen fabrics such as speed of wetness, drying speed, and fabric's resistance to bacteria; in order to reach suitable specifications that can be implemented as a lining for the fixable and removable pocket. The importance of the research is enriching the men’s apparel field with designs that has functional performance during the Corona pandemic, contributing to keep the face-mask safe while taking it off to ensure individual's sense of satisfaction and safety. The researcher created 10 innovative designs for men's pants with fixable and removable pockets. The pants were designed in response to the contemporary requirements of men based on a survey result for 160 participants of men with different age groups. The designs were evaluated using two questionnaires, one directed to specialists in the apparel field and the other to non-specialists’ men. A statistical analysis has been done using (SPSS) program to measure the acceptance level of the suggested designs. Based on the Statical analysis, the best (5) rated designs between the two questionnaires have been implemented.Through the laboratory tests, the polyamide fabric showed the best performance to be implemented as the lining of the fixable and removable pocket in the men’s trousers; As it is not wettable, it has a high drying speed and it is highly resistant to the spread of bacteria on its surface. Thus, the lining of the pocket can be sterilized with alcohol before keeping the face-mask in it. This provides protection for the face-mask when kept in this pocket and the wearer of the pants feels satisfied and safe and the functionality of the design is achieved in during the Corona pandemic. The researcher presented the implemented pants and boards for the suggested designs in an exhibition under the umbrella of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture in Zakaria Al-Kinani and the Aida Abdel Karim Art Museum.
Khalil, Rasha Wagdy
"Achieving optimum functional performance in the design of Men's pants with special emphasize on Corona pandemic requisites,"
International Design Journal: Vol. 11
, Article 20.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.aaru.edu.jo/faa-design/vol11/iss6/20