MIT’s Open Style Lab designing clothing for people with disabilities


January 27, 2014

We’ve all had one of those days. You’re wearing slippers to work, but it’s not Wear Slippers to Work day. Now imagine having one of those days every day. Welcome to the world of the disabled, who because of physical limits and health complications are stuck cobbling together whatever clothing works and leaving fashion, professionalism, and pride behind.

With the launch of the Open Style Lab, however, that may be changing. Grace Teo, a graduate student in the Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program at MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES), and co-chair Alice Tin are bringing the minds and skills of fashion designers together with engineers to design clothing solutions for a group of 10 disabled clients. The Open Style Lab, a 10-week innovation challenge slated to run from June 6-August 9, 2014, has already identified a full slate of clients and is currently accepting applications from designers and engineers who wish to participate. Continue reading this article on HST News.

This project is funded in part by an ODGE Graduate Student Life Grant. If you are interested in applying for funding, learn more and see guidelines here. Photo by garryknight

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