Fashion world map: Understanding cities through streetwear fashion

Yu Ting Chang, Wen-Huang Cheng, Bo Wu, Kai Lung Hua

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Fashion is an integral part of life. Streets as a social center for people's interaction become the most important public stage to showcase the fashion culture of a metropolitan area. In this paper, therefore, we propose a novel framework based on deep neural networks (DNN) for depicting the street fashion of a city by automatically discovering fashion items (e.g., jackets) in a particular look that are most iconic for the city, directly from a large collection of geo-tagged street fashion photos. To obtain a reasonable collection of iconic items, our task is formulated as the prize-collecting Steiner tree (PCST) problem, whereby a visually intuitive summary of the world's iconic street fashion can be created. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first work devoted to investigate the world's fashion landscape in modern times through the visual analytics of big social data. It shows how the visual impression of local fashion cultures across the world can be depicted, modeled, analyzed, compared, and exploited. In the experiments, our approach achieves the best performance (43.19%) on our large collected GS-Fashion dataset (170K photos), with an average of two times higher than all the other algorithms (FII: 20.13%, AP: 18.76%, DC: 17.90%), in terms of the users' agreement ratio on the discovered iconic fashion items of a city. The potential of our proposed framework for advanced sociological understanding is also demonstrated via practical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMM 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Multimedia Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781450349062
StatePublished - 23 Oct 2017
Event25th ACM International Conference on Multimedia, MM 2017 - Mountain View, United States
Duration: 23 Oct 201727 Oct 2017

Publication series

NameMM 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Multimedia Conference


Conference25th ACM International Conference on Multimedia, MM 2017
CountryUnited States
CityMountain View


  • City profiling
  • Social media
  • Street fashion
  • Visual big data analysis

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