Universal Design In Vogue

Photo Credit: Vogue.com

Photo Credit: Vogue.com

Universal Design for people with seated body types is both in vogue and in Vogue. I'm thrilled to see the Open Style Lab 2017 Summer program highlighted on a major fashion magazine platform. That is a big deal. The article was also informative and forward thinking. There were only a couple quotes that gave me pause:

  1. The term "confined to a wheelchair" is not a term I often hear from clients in wheelchairs unless they are new wheelchair users who are still acclimating to the changes in their bodies. All the other people I know and have known over the years with seated body types, love the independence their wheelchairs give them.
  2. “If you’re only targeting the disability market, it’s hard to be inclusive of others.” I absolutely understand this statement both from a practical and financial standpoint. However, after watching this industry for over two decades I think it's ok to have clothing that is Accessible, Smart, and Fashionable™ customized for people with seated body types. As a stylist I love universal pieces like the jacket featured in the article. Honestly, maybe I'm just biased, because I think there is so little attention given to fashion customers with seated body types, I don't think the number one concern in design facing this population is making sure their clothing is inclusive for all. What do you think?
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