Apparel designed for the convenience and ease of handicapped and disabled consumers
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The problem I am addressing with this capstone is the lack of fashionable, adaptive clothing. My purpose with this capstone is to introduce adaptive apparel for people who are disabled to be able to dress themselves, or to make it easier for people to help them dress, that is also trendy. My research started with seeing what kinds of adaptive clothing, if any, was already out there (secondary research). Then I took my own disability experiences and interviewed my friend about her brother’s disability for primary research. Then I took what I learned from my research and created a small apparel line consisting of a winter and summer outfit for women with brittle bone diseases and a formal outfit, everyday outfit, and sport outfit for people with Adrenoleukodystrophy. I found that clothing made from a cotton/spandex/polyester blend is most appropriate for clothing, and drawstrings and hidden zipper or snaps are the best way to make the clothes adaptable but look like everyday outfits. There already is adaptive apparel out there, but with my adaptations and update fashion wise, the clothes can be trendier and help people gain more independence.