Mission: to produce better fitting clothes; to exploit Internet shopping; to increase sales; to reduce returns; to automate measurement and pattern development of made-to-measure clothing . . . Much hype has been given to 3D body scanning, but how does the current situation stand, and what are its potential uses? Niki Tait visits a major researcher in the field – Professor Stephen Gray, head of Computer Clothing Research Ltd in Nottingham – to find out.