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In early 2018, The Academy of Art hosted a panel to determine the direction of fashion in a world that seeks to be more inclusive. They wanted to determine what makes good design and they are questioning what types of designs are made for people in groups that aren’t always represented in fashion design such as people with disabilities. The students were asked to redefine what good design is while designing clothing that can be worn by individuals who are normally not represented in the fashion world.

The reason for the panel is to address how much difficulty people with disabilities have while putting clothes on. For example, how would you design clothing for someone with amputated legs? Another fact discussed was that most able-bodied people never consider how much they adjust their clothing to fit better on them during the day. However, if you are disabled, it can be harder for you to zip up your clothing, take it on and off or readjust what you are wearing.

The panelists for this discussion were all designers who have some form of disability and they all had a passion for design that they wanted to use to help fix this problem. One example of a panelist is a former alumni by the name of Stephanie Thomas. She was missing a thumb and several toes at birth. Despite the fact that she was told she would have a lot of difficulty doing certain tasks she became both a dancer and a professional cheerleader. Another example is Beau Oyler, who Is currently suffering from hemophilia, a complicated and destructive bleeding disorder. Beau, who graduated in 2005, has started Urbio, a design firm for small spaces.

Both Thomas and Oyler believe that there is a need and a demand for more inclusive clothing designs. They believe that fashion design could use a bit more diversity in who they choose to make their clothes for. The Academy of Art and Design, located in San Francisco, has sculpted creative minds since 1929 and they teach with the purpose of bringing the most cutting-edge Art and Design out of their students. With over 12,000 students, there is a lot of creativity and new ideas to go around.

Follow this link to learn moreĀ https://www.aaart.edu/