Perfect fit requires knowledge of body sizes and shapes.

Hohenstein has the expertise AND the technology.

We've been conducting anthropometric studies for 60 years - previously with a measuring tape, but since 1999 using 3D scanning. This data is essential in developing reliable size tables for each target group. Now with 4D scanning, real body measurements and shapes can be recorded - during relevant movements.

We partner with manufacturers, brands and retailers on customized projects, including 3D visualization (avatars) of specific customer groups. We not only record the body data in 3D, we also help you convert it into a perfect fit and consistent sizing.

Harness technology to improve the fit development process.

Information based on Hohenstein's huge database of scans, including:

  • Measurements of men, women and children
  • Measurements of special target groups such as men’s and women’s plus sizes or seniors
  • Full bodies, heads, hands, feet
  • 3D scans from SizeNorthAmerica (14,460) and SizeGERMANY (13,000) studies

Size advice and customized size tables based on real data, target groups and wearer movements.

"Functional measurements and mobility restriction" - Anthropometry, Apparel Sizing and Design, 2nd ed.

Shorter development times with digital prototyping.

  • 3D visualization of body shapes (custom avatars) for reliable fit and pattern
  • 3D models as the basis for construction, simulation and busts: bodies, hands, feet, heads

Custom avatars are essential to a realistic fit and improved product development.

  • 3D simulation of fit
  • Testing shaping effects based on 3D/4D body scans
  • Body movement measurements for fit in motion
  • Customized 3D body, head, foot and hand models
  • 3D testing and optimization of ergonomic comfort
  • Series measurements and measurement studies
  • Optimization and development of customized size tables
  • Size concepts for made-to-measure clothing, online shopping and textile rental
  • Special projects, such as the impact check of sports bras: testing of the support function of sports bras in motion

While fit testing on human subjects is still indispensable, 3D and 4D technologies are valuable for an optimized product development process:

  • Based on the 3D/4D body data, we analyze the body shapes of your customer group, advise on the size designation and adapt and optimize size tables for your customer group
  • In combination with test fittings with human subjects, we check forming properties of shapewear based on body scans. The results give comprehensive information about shapewear effectiveness
  • Fit in motion is important. We use 3D/4D scanning to see fit and range of motion during movement to optimize the ergonomic comfort of workwear, PPE, fashion and sportswear. For example, the functionality and impact of sports bras is analyzed - statically and in motion. In addition, we've developed a method to determine the pressure load that a bra strap exerts on the shoulder
  • With the help of our 3D simulation systems, you can virtually try designs on realistic body shapes. The accelerated product development process and reduction or elimination of prototypes directly affects your profits

Meet the experts.

Simone Morlock

Anke Klepser

We test shapewear compression.

Fitting complements.


Product development requires solutions tailored to the application.

Ben Mead
Managing Director
Hohenstein Institute America