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My Virtual Fashion Show

My Virtual Fashion Show

Fall 2014 Mobile Apps
Ages: 6 & Up
Developer: Crayola, LLC
Download Price: $19.99
Platform: IOS/Android

Crayola's My Virtual Fashion Show is an app that brings kids' fashion drawings to life. The app is included for free with the My Virtual Fashion Show design kit or can be purchased separately. Children color in the front and back of a design on a template; templates are either found in the design book in the kit or printed from the application. When the design is complete kids can scan it into the app using the camera on the mobile device.

The app puts the fashion onto a default model who can then be customized with different hair colors and styles, facial features, skin tones, and accessories. Perhaps the next version will let girls choose a body type and let girls make models that really look like them. Models wearing completed designs parade down a runway in a fashion show–users see the model appear under a sign bearing the designer's name and step out on a stage set in Paris, Milan, or New York. It is a real thrill to see a static picture on a page turn into an outfit on a moving character, and children will scan in image after image (fortunately there is a wide range of template designs, made even wider by the creative imaginings of the artists!) to see them come to life. Making the design, scanning it, and setting up the accessories is more fun than watching the show, which moves slowly. We look forward to seeing this same 3D rendering technology applied to other areas of creative designs.

Emily Crawford   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Crayola, LLC
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