Abstract Title

Adaptive Aesthetics

Abstract

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately one fifth of the U.S. population has some form of disability (2009). While representing a significant percent of the consumer market in the fashion industry in America, people with disabilities face a lack of functional yet fashionable clothing that both meets their needs and expresses their personal style. Despite their additional clothing issues, people with disabilities have the same expectations of clothing as people without disabilities. The purpose of this study was to evaluate current issues faced by people with disabilities in relation to their clothing and the fashion industry, gather information on their needs and issues with regard to apparel, and develop a cohesive collection that offers solutions to problems. Approximately 50 people were surveyed to gather personal experiences, issues, and preferences. From the results of the surveys, a collection of eight looks was constructed, incorporating design solutions to address the wearer’s needs and issues. The implications of this study are as vast as the future of adaptive clothing. As research on clothing for people with disabilities advances, including this research, clothing for those with disabilities will become increasingly accessible.

Modified Abstract

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately one fifth of the population has some form of disability (2009). While representing a significant percent of the consumer market in the fashion industry, people with disabilities face a lack of functional yet fashionable clothing that both meets their needs and expresses their personal style. The purpose of this study was to evaluate current issues faced by people with disabilities in relation to their clothing and the fashion industry, gather information on their needs and issues with regard to apparel through the use of surveys, and develop a cohesive collection that offers solutions to problems. From the results of the surveys, a collection of eight looks was constructed, incorporating design solutions to address the wearer’s needs and issues.

Research Category

Art/Fashion

Author Information

Tracy VollbrechtFollow

Primary Author's Major

Fashion Design

Mentor #1 Information

Dr. Tameka N. Ellington

Mentor #2 Information

Linda Ohrn-McDaniel

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

5-4-2018 1:00 PM

Research Area

Accessibility | Fashion Design

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Adaptive Aesthetics

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately one fifth of the U.S. population has some form of disability (2009). While representing a significant percent of the consumer market in the fashion industry in America, people with disabilities face a lack of functional yet fashionable clothing that both meets their needs and expresses their personal style. Despite their additional clothing issues, people with disabilities have the same expectations of clothing as people without disabilities. The purpose of this study was to evaluate current issues faced by people with disabilities in relation to their clothing and the fashion industry, gather information on their needs and issues with regard to apparel, and develop a cohesive collection that offers solutions to problems. Approximately 50 people were surveyed to gather personal experiences, issues, and preferences. From the results of the surveys, a collection of eight looks was constructed, incorporating design solutions to address the wearer’s needs and issues. The implications of this study are as vast as the future of adaptive clothing. As research on clothing for people with disabilities advances, including this research, clothing for those with disabilities will become increasingly accessible.