NTU students design clothing range for young adults with disabilities

Year Two Fashion Design students recently visited Portland College in Mansfield to discuss the needs of people with disabilities when it comes to fashion on the high street.

Year Two Fashion Design students recently visited Portland College in Mansfield to discuss the needs of people with disabilities when it comes to fashion on the high street.

Portland College is an organisation for young adults who have a disability, many of whom are wheelchair users.

During NTU's visit to Portland College, our students heard about the difficulties that many people with a disability have to face in finding the right clothes in high street shops - problems ranging from the right fit to fastenings and fabric. Portland students said that they want to follow fashion and recent trends, but that the clothes they want aren't always accessible to them.

The discussion is part of research being conducted for the Linda Leaver Disability Project. Linda is a former student of NTU and a successful entrepreneur based in the East Midlands. Linda experienced life in a wheelchair for a time following a skiing accident, and is using her experience by working with NTU to set a project for new designers to create a range of fashionable clothes that are also practical when being worn in a wheelchair.

Our Fashion Design students are in the process of creating this clothing range from the feedback they received from Portland College students. An exhibition of their work will take centre stage in Portland's impressive art zone space later this summer.

The designs will reflect all the valuable information shared by Portland students Rebecca Bridge, Celes Korys, Dan Hardman, Sophie Harrison, Abagail Stewart, Michael Bell and Danielle Yates.

NTU students design clothing range for young adults with disabilities

Published on 26 April 2016
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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