This module details the analysis of garments and the place of clothing in material history and forensic investigation. It provides a series of case studies that discuss the development of clothing analysis in criminal investigation and the growth of fibre analysis over garment analysis. A microscopy lab session will look at different fibre types and damage patterns. 

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus

Course structure

Lectures, Group Work, Practical, Blended learning

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Construct a comprehensive forensic strategy that details garment analysis
  • Evaluate the historical context and development of garment analysis.
  • Assess a range of fabric types using macro and micro indicators.
  • Differentiate between a range of damage and degradation alterations in fabrics.
  • Categorise a range of garments using standardised nomenclature.

Core content

  • Fibre types
  • Fabric types
  • Garment types
  • Microscopic fabric identification
  • Macroscopic fabric identification
  • Damage and degradation interpretation

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