Fashion Failure to Fashion Fame – Designing for People with Disabilities

The Problem:

All too often people facing mobility challenges or physical disabilities have few options when it comes to fashion.  In the past this population was brushed off as a niche market by the fashion industry and seen as impossible to mass produce successfully.  However, the fashion industry is beginning to realize that all of us face mobility issues or health concerns sooner or later.  How can we create better design and better technologies to allow us all to remain active, look good and have dignity in the choices we can make around what we wear?

Solution 1: Revolutionizing Prohibitive Styles

Stephanie Thomas knows from personal experience what it is like to live with a non-severe disability.  She has lived with missing digits on her right hand and foot which meant finding fashions that didn’t require buttons.  For the last 20 years she’s followed clothing trends for people with disabilities and came to the realization that “pet’s continue to have more clothing options than people with disabilities, especially those with seated body types.” Continue reading