How inclusion shapes design: an interview with inclusive designer Kat Holmes
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.
Since the 1950s, Barbie has come a long way in terms of inclusivity, diversity, and dismantling traditional gender roles. And most recently, the company behind the iconic dolls, Mattel, unveiled its first black barbie to use a wheelchair and it’s garnering tons of support for its inclusive design.
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.
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.