Clothing design may be viewed by many people as a frivolous pursuit, affecting only the way people look. However, sometimes clothing designs are more than aesthetic in nature. One designer’s new clothing line has made waves on social media with an innovative idea to make clothing that has been specially designed to meet the needs of those with physical and cognitive impairments.
A Personal Story
The designer, Lauren Thierry, understands this need firsthand. Her son, Liam, has autism, and he frequently struggles to dress himself each day. Thierry explains that independence is one of the most important steps for someone with physical and cognitive issues, and the ability to dress oneself is a critical part of that independence. Many clothing features such as small buttons, tags, zippers, and lace can be very frustrating for people who lack fine motor skills.
Thierry’s new product line, appropriately called Independence Day Clothing, has several features that set it apart from other kinds of clothing. First, there’s no wrong way to wear it. There’s no designated front, back, inside, or outside. It’s right no matter how you put it on. Also, there aren’t a lot of complicated design features such as buttons or zippers, but bright, vivid colors more than make up for that. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, many of the items are designed to carry a GPS device, which is often a must for people with these kinds of impairments.
Thierry hopes that this new design will not only be seen as stylish but also extremely beneficial. It can also be helpful for anyone who has to struggle to dress themselves. It’s a perfect meld of form, function, and aesthetic to create a life-changing design.