A/W 19 consists of 5 looks designed to facilitate independent dressing for Christina. Christina was diagnosed with a variant of ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease or Motor Neuron Disease) called flail arm syndrome that caused both her arms to have paralysis (losing complete ability to move).
I collaborated with Yu Chen (Parsons 18’) and Christina Mallon (Communications Manager). We were selected for the Hugo Boss Scholarship Award, AARP Social Innovation Award, Parsons Class of 2018 Designer of the Year for Social Innovation and the Lane Crawford Luxarity Grant.
WE MAKE A GARMENT GO AGAINST GRAVITY AND ONTO THE BODY
CAIR considers a paradigm where air is used as a means of getting dressed. In fashion this might be bizarre, but in other fields we are looking at self-driving cars and AI. How can our clothes do more for us and for our bodies?
CHRISTINA AND CO DESIGN AS A DRIVING FORCE
By placing a human at the core of our process, we innovate and discover new clothing applications. These new ways of dressing can go beyond a single user, pushing us to reconsider the future of fashion.
Christina uses her range of motion in her shoulders to don pants. She added straps to the sides of the pants so that she could remove them via a doorknob. While skirts and dresses are easier to put on, pants offer more coverage without compromising Christina’s modesty. This was important as she used her feet as proxies for her hands.
INTEGRATING ANALOG SOLUTIONS
While we’ve introduced a future-forward system of inflatable pants, we also designed hacks into fitted sweaters, tops and elastic pants to create a full dressing system.
Support & press
The Mills Fabrica, Designing Future Techstyle Competition 2019 - Techstyle Grand Prize (HK)
Parsons x Luxarity (Lane Crawford) Award 2018 (HK)
Parsons Designer of the Year 2018 - Social Innovation Award (US)
Hugo Boss Scholarship Award 2018 (US)
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Competition 2018 - 1st Runner Up (US)