Garment design is traditionally carried out in two dimensions, and some software has been developed and applied in the garment industry in the design of garment panels. A new tool for the interactive design of garments in three dimensions is introduced. Making use of an elastic surface model, animation allows one to examine the garment design in three dimensions dynamically. The designer can use this tool to visualize his original ideas and changes interactively, and to see the garment vividly portrayed, including texture mapping on the final design, before the real cloth panels are cut. Application of this tool in the garment industry could reduce design time and costs substantially