Feel Free to Stare: Disability and Fashion


Sheathed in a curvaceous bronze basque or donning an ass-less latex bodysuit, Kylie Jenner’s recent cover editorial for Interview Magazine’s December issue engages with the morbidity and masochism of perfection. Shot by the prolific provocateur Steven Klein, her body appears increasingly objectified and abstracted from her humanity.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.