British designer Lucy Jones is challenging a basic premise of fashion, and it’s one that might surprise you: why is everything designed for standing people? Her newly-launched company, Ffora, seeks to answer an urgent question of design inclusion.
In recent years, the fashion industry has made attempts to address the lack of fashionable and functional products for disabled people, a traditionally under-served community, with adaptive designs such as magnetic closures and easy-to-zip pieces.
It’s not just the poorly designed website or stores, or lack of awareness or training that’s problematic for disabled people – it’s also the absence of stylish, professionally-designed quality clothes for disabled bodies.
Stylist Stephanie Thomas helps her clients find smart, fashionable looks and wants to make adaptive clothing more readily available.
Fashion brand Chromat is bringing all the best poolside looks with its latest swimwear campaign. Chromat is known for its inclusivity, and these ads are no different. The “Pool Rules” campaign includes models with disabilities sporting the brand’s bold bathing suits.
NewsHour Weekend’s talks to New York City’s Digital Accessibility Coordinator about the importance of accessible design and tours an exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum that highlights these advancements.
Shopping for and choosing clothes is challenging enough that an entire industry of stylists, magazine editors and fashion bloggers has been created to help. But imagine if your parameters included more than finding a sweater to complement your eye color, or a backpack to match your sneakers.
Target’s latest women’s fashion line was designed with all bodies in mind, including those with disabilities and sensory-sensitivities. On Monday, Target announced its clothing line, Universal Thread, will feature sensory-friendly and adaptive clothing items.
As part of its popular Cat & Jack Line, Target will soon launch adaptive apparel with features for kids with disabilities.
Design centered around people with disabilities can be edgy, transformative, and push the boundaries for innovation in health and technology.