Fashion Designing for an Inclusive World

ICONIC GARMENTS FOR PEOPLE WITH REDUCED MOBILITY

The project

The idea behind the project is to help to improve the social integration of people with disabilities through fashion. The way that we are exploring it, is through inclusive design.
Inclusive means, when the product is designed in a way that is useful to anybody, including the disabled community. This is one step further than adaptive, which means to adjust one product to one need. An inclusive garment has inclusivity built into it from the very beginning of the design process.

Everyone would like to be able to dress the way they like, feel comfortable and to express themselves through personal style and perhaps even be noticed more. This is one reason why clothes and fashion are important. There is a symbolic meaning of the clothes we wear and the physical experience of wearing them. Dressing in a purely functional way all the time would be frankly, boring, for yourself and for others. The clothes we wear can enhance our self-expression and can be a powerful statement for us and the world around us.

MOVINGMOOD (Spain)

MOVINGMOOD is a creative company specialising in fashion and disability. They design and research products and services that improve the life quality of people with disabilities. Rut Turró is the founder of Movingmood. She has 19 years’ experience in Fashion and Disability fields, working in India, Mexico and Spain and was responsible for all the research in fashion, accessibility and functionality developing the initial samples of trousers, jumpers and zip pullers. 

Darja Malesic (Slovenia)

DARJA MALESIC is a highly experienced Fashion Designer and Consultant covering a wide variety of products like Womenswear, Denim, Kidswear, Sportswear, Accessories, Watches and Artwork. Darja has more than 20 years’ experience in the fashion industry, working for luxury houses such as Dolce & Gabbana (5 years), John Richmond (4 years) and others. She is also a highly experienced Design Consultant with a recognised background working in the apparel and fashion industry. Darja Malesic is a design professional with a master’s degree in Fashion Womenswear from The Royal College of Art, UK.

STORYTELLING

THE IDEA:

Iam Rut Turró from Barcelona, Spain. A social entrepreneur working on Fashion and Inclusion. I start my journey with disability in 1999 in India. I did contact Darja Malesic from Slovenia, a senior expert designer and consultant to transform my research on inclusive garments into fashionable ones. We had several talks and video conferences, understanding the problem people with disabilities is facing. Darja never thought about this market before and straight away she became very sensitive to this issue. We had a great matching. Me, Rut, had the experience to develop a clothing brand specific for being seated, focus for all wheelchair users and people is permanent seated. It did not work well. I understood disabled people wanted to choose from the traditional brands instead of doing a specific brand. We all want to be in, feeling part of every season and trend. My company change completely the focus, develop products, and sell them to brands, to increase their inclusivity. But it was not enough, A consultancy service was needed, I develop a Method to implement inclusion into brands. We present it in some Spanish brand but the moment it was not right.

THE BIRTH OF THE PROJECT:

With Darja, we present to Worth a small capsule collection based on disability needs, showing the basic standards clothes should have to be accessible and useful for people with disabilities. Worth feedback ask as how are we going to establish the
standards with 2 icon pieces of clothes. Mmmm, good question! This is the moment, Darja came with the idea to develop a Guide to teach designer and brands on Inclusive fashion. She said to me, Rut, the same as me never thought about these problems with clothing for disabled people, there so many designers they never even think about it. Uauuu Darja, I think it’s a great idea, even better than develop a small capsule collection. Every- Body book, is the result of this partnership programme. It aim to empower disabled people, include them in the fashion system, and teach designers how to develop inclusive fashion, without the need to develop specific line (adaptive). The societal problem is than disability is out of fashion, even if they need to dress too. For Designers and Brands is a forgot and unknown market. Today Diversity and Inclusive design in on vogue, and after Covid 19 crisis, social issues will come stronger.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS:

QUESTION: Tell us about the creative process and how things developed.
Important: Which difficulties have you faced? Use vivid details, not lots of facts; something
that is easy to read and understand (not very technical).

We start with an index with basic topics, the standards, Splitting in Tops, Bottoms and
Outwear, also splitting the garment Patterns, Manufactures ( seams, materials)
It was not clear enough and we have to repeat some concepts, as closing systems,
we found on the 3 categories, and the solution we offer it did not change this much.
So we had to rethink the Index, go through challenges instead of garments. We end
up with 5 challenges, Dressing, Fasten, Body Shapes, Fabrics, Decoration+ details.
Another important detail were the images used to show, to have the rights of the
Cover magazine, the person show in this cover magazine or picture. We solve it
changing the solutions into design illustration and using some bank images, free of
licence.
We still have some Important images, we hope to have the right to publish.
Last issue, is how the book is going to be launch, by doing auto-edition or going
through a publisher. Both have pros and cons. A publisher it seems the best option at
this point. It will save us a lot of time on marketing and distribution, layout the 3
versions, print and digital book, and we can concentrate on the consultancy service,
contacting brands to develop their inclusive collection.

THE COLLABORATION:

QUESTION: How has the collaboration between the partners benefitted the Project?
Explain the advantages to working as a group, and not alone…
Definitely the best benefit is this book result. Without Darja idea to develop a guide,
using all my previous research will not be possible. Her knowledge on fashion, trends
and brands, it helps to develop and make a power image of disability.

I bring the technical part and Darja the artistic one, making the product more
attractive. Without this collaboration the future results we expect, adding inclusion into
designers and brands will not be possible.

THE FUTURE:

QUESTION: How do you imagine the future?
Important: Imagine yourself in the future: Are you selling the product? Where? Do you
need further scale-up? Do you need additional support? Investment?
First of all we have to finish the book. We develop a sample, non comercial. We
define the structure, contents and the fashion solutions to the challenges.
We need to finish all illustrations, replace the photos we do not own the rights to
publish, finish the text review, and find a good publisher. Contact and close an
agreement with the publisher. Later, we can start selling the book, in Europe and
online, in English version only.
Probably by September- October 2020, depending on how fast we agree with the
publisher and the time we still need to finish the book. Right now with Covid crisis,
everything seems to slow down drastically.
When the Book will be on the market, the publisher will do the commercialisation,
anyway, we will promote it inside clothing designers we know, fashion schools and
fashion clusters.
Our main goal is to use this book to start our consultancy service for brands on
Inclusive Fashion. After this Covid crisis, probably this part will take a bit longer than
what we plan.
Schools we expect the first early adopters, specially because Rut is already teaching
Inclusive fashion in some universities as IED, LLotja and ID Baleares.
The support on Marketing from Worth will come when the book is on the market.
Maybe we also need support to define a new agreement between the partners, as it
expires today, and it’s not clear what’s happens next. This part is crucial to follow the
project and commercialise.

THE MESSAGE:

QUESTION: Please leave a message for others regarding the usefulness of
collaborations, both from an individual and collective point of view.

My best recommendation will be: If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to arrive
farther, go in group.
Definitely working in a diverse team, where there are several points of view, improve your
project and product. 

PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS

eMonsters

eMonsters

Tagenea

Tagenea

Seamless

Seamless

Common Sands 2.0

Common Sands 2.0

Maretech

Maretech

Minois

Minois

STEM a garment production brand

STEM a garment production brand

Storytelling Garment Project

Storytelling Garment Project

Mapu Preto

Mapu Preto

Minta

Minta

NO/thing – from nothing to everything

NO/thing – from nothing to everything

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

In the Circle

In the Circle

Clotho

Clotho

Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

WeAr Design

WeAr Design

Fresko

Fresko

ALMA

ALMA

Bubble Façade

Bubble Façade

Crossing Parallels

Crossing Parallels

EnaOna

EnaOna

Sense of nature

Sense of nature

Rethinking the Bra

Rethinking the Bra

Manual bag

Manual bag

Nova Underwear

Nova Underwear

Sensing Color

Sensing Color

Dimmenso

Dimmenso

Beaggie

Beaggie

Soft touch of industrial waste

Soft touch of industrial waste

Time of your Light

Time of your Light

H|H

H|H

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Edge Chair

Edge Chair

Marbled Salts

Marbled Salts

Moseanic

Moseanic

Kombucha Tsugi: Bag Collection

Kombucha Tsugi: Bag Collection

LiLO

LiLO

The Eastern Side of Riviera

The Eastern Side of Riviera

Future Wardrobe

Future Wardrobe

Ventri

Ventri

Bi-Circular Urban-Outdoor Fabric

Bi-Circular Urban-Outdoor Fabric

Step Smart

Step Smart

Re-Print Ceramics

Re-Print Ceramics

Vivid

Vivid

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

Burning For

Burning For

Circular workwear collection

Circular workwear collection

Jute Wool

Jute Wool

Tista

Tista

W03_109

W03_109

Velluto

Velluto

New Matters

New Matters

Reminder Bracelet

Reminder Bracelet

Agogic – Be prepared for more

Agogic – Be prepared for more

Smartcoat

Smartcoat

Mocha Split

Mocha Split

Reframd

Reframd

Zerobarracento

Zerobarracento

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

Wearable Play

Wearable Play

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Gelatex x NO/AN

Gelatex x NO/AN

Luxury Bag Collection

Luxury Bag Collection

Amalgama

Amalgama

TTorch

TTorch

From the ground

From the ground

Ultra

Ultra

Capsule coat project

Capsule coat project

Mayya x WORTH

Mayya x WORTH

The Space Between

The Space Between

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Fish_Fish

Fish_Fish

Common Sands

Common Sands

UCQC Inclusive

UCQC Inclusive

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Mowo

Mowo

i-Morfé

i-Morfé

Iguaneye

Iguaneye

Ruumy

Ruumy

Fugazi Fugazi

Fugazi Fugazi

Serisole

Serisole

Hi-Lamp

Hi-Lamp

The Hemp Chair

The Hemp Chair

Senss

Senss

Walkytalkies

Walkytalkies

Sole sustainability

Sole sustainability

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

The “Bib” chair

The “Bib” chair

Materia Bruta

Materia Bruta

3D knitwear on demand

3D knitwear on demand

Lit Lace Interface

Lit Lace Interface

iluTex

iluTex

Sukka 

Sukka 

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

Unmoist Raincoat

Unmoist Raincoat

IOT Jacket & Robot

IOT Jacket & Robot

Stars Collection

Stars Collection

Words that shimmer

Words that shimmer

Persona

Persona

NO1R

NO1R

Identity 560

Identity 560

Øjenfryd

Øjenfryd

The New Relation Bag

The New Relation Bag

Diluci bags

Diluci bags

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Oceanwear

Oceanwear

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

Curve

Curve

Baltabalta Multifunctional Textiles

Baltabalta Multifunctional Textiles

Fashion Designing for an Inclusive World

Fashion Designing for an Inclusive World

‘Parameter’ Table

‘Parameter’ Table

Occay

Occay

Make and Create

Make and Create

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

PreemieCme

PreemieCme

Second Life Bag

Second Life Bag

Clayer

Clayer

Lulu V2

Lulu V2

Fishskinlab

Fishskinlab

Dynaback

Dynaback

Esther Hates PVC

Esther Hates PVC

Gardin

Gardin

Foldable High Heels

Foldable High Heels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Edbora Collection

Edbora Collection

Smart Heated Vest

Smart Heated Vest

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Fragments Garments

Fragments Garments

Hollow: A Lie Story

Hollow: A Lie Story

FWN: Family Wear Nature

FWN: Family Wear Nature

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Spellbound

Spellbound

Wear Pure

Wear Pure

Connextyle

Connextyle

Unlimited in 1

Unlimited in 1

Paramatrix

Paramatrix

Feel More Knitwear

Feel More Knitwear

Skarabeos 2

Skarabeos 2

Twill

Twill

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair