Fashion Line Designed Specifically For People In Wheelchairs [Video]
IZ Adaptive clothing combines comfort and style into functional clothing designed specifically for a seated frame.
People come in many different shapes and sizes, so clothing has adapted to suit our growing needs. Whether you require petite, plus-sized, long, or big & tall clothing, designers have risen to the challenge of helping many of us look and feel our best, no matter what it is that makes us different. Unfortunately, one minority group that has thus far received little attention from mainstream designers, and little by way of adaptation, is people in wheelchairs. Being in a wheelchair creates very specific difficulties when it comes to the way items fall and drape on the body, and after discovering this, a veteran fashion designer decided to do something about it. She created IZ Adaptive, a clothing line designed specifically for a seated frame.
Izzy Camilleri has worked in the fashion industry for over thirty years. Her stylings have graced the pages of Vogue and InStyle as well as dressed celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lopez in blockbuster films. When she was contacted by a wheelchair-bound woman requesting some functional yet stylish clothes, Camilleri was eager to jump on board. During the designing process, she became aware of problems caused by things like bulky fabrics and ill-placed zippers, so she designed IZ Adaptive with maximum comfort and maximum style in mind.
On the IZ Adaptive website, Camilleri states that she wanted this line to give people a sense of self, to give them their personality back. She says she wants to create clothes that are making a difference in people’s lives, and this collection appears to be doing just that. Saleable items include everything from T-Shirts (which will run you about $24) to motorcycle jackets ($419), but also include things like tearaway jeans and open backed shits that maximize ease during the dressing process. Stretch fabrics that won’t add bulk, magnetic buttons that close easily, strategically placed zippers, and style lines that fall and drape naturally on a seated person- without interfering in wheelchair mechanic.
To learn more about this inspiration and inspiring collection, see the video below, then visit the website where you can order clothing in sizes XS-XXL.
[h/t] Laughing Squid