Diana Budds recently wrote this fantastic article for Fast Company.
Budds writes: “For her graduate project from Parsons, fashion designer Lucy Jones addressed a problem her cousin Jake faced every day. He has hemiplegia—paralysis of one side of the body—and putting on clothes each day was a challenge. “He told me he wished he had more independence with dressing,” Jones says in a video describing Advantage Blocks.
While no two disabilities are the same, impaired motion in a hand, arm, or leg can turn putting on a shirt or pair of pants into a long process. Jones thought about how to reengineer garments to make them easier for disabled and wheelchair-bound people to maneuver and to make them more functional during daily use, more attractive, and more comfortable.”
Budds cites when that when people are seated, their bodies are shaped differently from when they’re standing so “Jones designed patterns to accommodate more width in those areas. Additionally, it takes more fabric to cover bent knees and elbows, so she designed sleeves that expand like an accordion to allow more freedom of movement without bunching fabric. She also restructured pant legs so that there’s extra fabric. The idea is that the clothes look polished and tailored for each individual.”
To read Budd’s interview with designer Lucy Jones go to Fast Company.