Commercialization of Adaptive Clothing: Toward a Movement of Inclusive Design

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2018-01-01
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Kosinski, Kelsey
Orzada, Belinda
Kim, Hye-Shin
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An analysis of the evolution of adaptive clothing was conducted through a review of relevant literature published from 1963 to 2017. The goal should be to create ready-to-wear clothing with adaptive features, thus helping individuals with disabilities to address their functional, expressive and aesthetic needs, while also eliminating the stigma of adaptive clothing. In order to reduce the stigma of adaptive clothing, while also enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities, a change in the fashion industry must happen. Future designers need to be prepared for a market that encompasses all body types, not just the “normal” body shape. Thus, we propose to create an adaptive clothing design guide for apparel design instructors, students, designers and manufacturers to reference when designing new garments.

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