There are thousands of new garments coming on the market each season, but there is a massive disabled community that will never be able to wear any of it because they do not function for them. There are clothes that are attractive, but which can be difficult to dress, fasten, or do not fit properly.
In our partnership project with Rut Turro we created the Inclusive Fashion Guide to introduce and promote the principles of inclusivity in the fashion industry. The guide book would clearly identify clothing challenges for various disabled people and propose possible design solutions, that work for them as well as other regular customers. In this way any fashion brand would be encouraged to build inclusive fashion pieces into their collections, without the need to produce a separate line. The results would be clothing for anybody, including many disabled people. Nobody is excluded.
For example, the issue of the sitting body, which is illustrated by a working sample which is developed, the Sitting Jeans, jeans that are designed for the sitting as well as for the standing body.
In the last 50 years the amount of time we spend sitting has increased hugely, but do the clothes we buy and wear reflect this?
And what about the number of people who must sit most of their waking hours because of disability.
As designers would it not be a good idea to consider a sitting body shape as well as standing?