Inclusive Design

Fashion

INCLUSIVE FASHION

research - illustration

 

 

WHAT

Participated in the International Inclusive Fashion Contest, in Sao Paulo, winning the 2nd place.

 

WHEN

August - November 2015

 

ROLE

I created and developed the apparel and footwear based on research. The apparel sewing and footwear making were outsourced. 

 

METHODS

Research, moodboard, sketch, technical drawings, prototype testing.

 

CHALLENGE

DEVELOPMENT

RUNWAY SHOW

FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS

Maiara Barreto wearing the final outfit

CHALLENGE

 

The Inclusive Fashion International Contest is organized by the State Office for the Rights of the Person with Disability of Sao Paulo, since 2009.

 

http://modainclusiva.sedpcd.sp.gov.br/

 

I participated in the 7º Contest, in 2015. The first part consisted of sending the moodboard, sketch and simple technical drawing with the explanation of each clothing adaptation. For the runway show, I did the patterns and a dressmaker sewed the clothing and a footwear maker made the boots.

 

DEVELOPMENT

Research

 

Interviews with women in wheelchair

Interviews with physiotherapists

Existing work in the area

Findings

Wheelchair users
Most brands for people with disabilities focus on wheelchair users because of the difficulties with clothing when you are sitting most of the time.

User specific needs

Even among wheelchair users, every design needs to be adapted to each person needs if  we want the best and safest experience for the person.

"Femininity"

Girls in wheelchair often complain that they cannot wear short skirts and tight clothes. Also, some types of shoes are also difficult to put on.

 

Trends

  • New feminist campaigns for gender equality.

  • He for She campaign by UN Women.

  • Hillary Clinton, the first woman nominated by a major party for the USA presidency.

Moodboard

 

Outfit decisions

  • Mini skirt: because it is difficult to wear when on a wheelchair

  • Jacket: because it is difficult to put on when there is less mobility

  • Over the knee boots: because it is difficult to put on when there is less mobility

  • "Superwoman” inspired outfit: Women should be able to wear anything they want.

Sketch

Technical drawings Outfit details

 

Model

​​​Maiara Barreto

29 years old in 2015

Pharmacist

Swimming Paralympic Athlete

 

Model Maiara Barreto

Prototype testing

It was essential to discuss each step with Maiara, testing the prototype and making the necessary changes according to her needs.

 

Improvements

Jacket: First prototype was difficult to wear. Second prototype had openings by the arms and no need for back cut out.

1st prototype

2nd prototype

Over the knee boots: First prototype was difficult to wear due to backstay and zipper position. Second prototype had no backstay and zipper opening was closer to toes.

Skirt/shorts: First prototype was difficult to close. Changes of the buttons type made it good for the runway show.

Runway Show

 

7º Inclusive Fashion International Contest

Final presentation - November, 2015

20 finalists

Maiara and I got the 2nd place

FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS

 

After the contest, I talked to Maiara to make more changes on the jacket and skirt, so she could have each garment for her personal use.

Sketch

Prototype

New jacket, with thumb hole, is easier to close.

New skirt-short is a one piece, added magnetic buttons, and the front is shorter to fit better for sitting position.

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