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For the digital exhibition Fashion Beneath the Skin, Dylan Eno was commissioned by Centraal Museum Utrecht to develop the storyline and digitize the clothing featured in the exhibition.


The exhibition guides the viewer through several historic pieces ranging from the late 18th century to the early 20th century. Using 3D models, different spaces, sound, narration, and video, visitors learn how, up until the early 20th century, clothing designers often dictated the shaping of women's bodies. The early 20th century saw the birth of the Rational Dress movement, which broke these norms and allowed women to wear attire that prioritized comfort and functionality. This revolution sparked a transition that continues today, where it is often the shape of the body that dictates the clothing rather than the clothing that dictates the shape of the body.


The aim of the story was to make rational dress more relevant and to demonstrate that while fashion has significantly evolved, it wasn’t always this way. It provides viewers with the opportunity to examine our current fashion system from a historical perspective and to view historical fashion from a contemporary viewpoint.


Furthermore, Eno was responsible for connecting all involved parties and ensuring that all facets of the exhibition were designed cohesively while allowing room for each developer to contribute their expertise and create an all-encompassing immersive experience.


Eno was also tasked with 3D scanning several pieces for the exhibition. In collaboration with Centraal Museum Utrecht, they sought new ways to implement the 3D scan workflow into the museum system and create models suitable for various applications. This involved optimizing the models for real-time rendering on computers and potentially phones while maintaining enough detail to allow for zooming in to the thread level, enabling their use in films and videos.


The exhibition was organized by the Netherlandish Institute for Sound & Vision as part of the 5D-Cultures project. It was created in collaboration with Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), the European Fashion Heritage Association, and Modemuze.




Story development

3D model scanning

3D model optimization.


Centraal Museum Utrecht

Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

European Fashion Heritage Association

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI)



Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

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